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Any of various neuropteran insects of several families, especially Chrysopidae and Hemerobiidae, having predaceous larvae and, in the adult, two pairs of delicate, many-veined wings and long antennae.


(Animals) any of various neuropterous insects, esp any of the families Chrysopidae (green lacewings) and Hemerobiidae (brown lacewings), having lacy wings and preying on aphids and similar pests



any of several slender green neuropteran insects of the family Chrysopidae, with transparent wings.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.lacewing - any of two families of insects with gauzy wings (Chrysopidae and Hemerobiidae)lacewing - any of two families of insects with gauzy wings (Chrysopidae and Hemerobiidae); larvae feed on insect pests such as aphids
neuropteran, neuropteron, neuropterous insect - insect having biting mouthparts and four large membranous wings with netlike veins
chrysopid, green lacewing, stink fly - pale green unpleasant-smelling lacewing fly having carnivorous larvae
brown lacewing, hemerobiid, hemerobiid fly - small dark-colored lacewing fly
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An alternative is to buy a biological control, such as ladybirds or lacewings, and release them in your garden.
The joy of hitting the natural balance is that although you may see a couple of blackfly or greenfly colonies on your nasturtiums, you can also watch hoverfly larvae devour the greenfly on your roses, or delight in your kids counting the spots on the ladybirds and see the light catching the delicate green wings of the lacewings.
My cherry trees still need extra protection, so I buy green lacewings to take care of an aphid infestation.
The multi-chamber design attracts the largest variety of beneficial insects, including mason bees, leafcutter bees, lacewings, ladybugs and more.
Usually, green lacewings Chrysoperla externa (Hagen, 1861) are reared using cylindrical polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipes measuring 10, 15 or 20cm in diameter, with varying heights (CARVALHO & SOUZA, 2009).
Lacewings Chrysoperla carnea eggs, larvae, pupae and adults were obtained from Biological control laboratory IIVR, Varanasi.
Lacewings - like ladybirds - are great aphid eaters.
Green lacewings of the genus Chrysoperla (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) are predatory insects that can play an important role in natura in regulating the populations of various arthropods.
Green lacewings are among the most effective general entomophagous predators (Boo et al.
Lacewings and ladybugs (available at feed stores) prey on pests such as aphids, mealybugs, and mites.
He said the demand for beneficial insects was small in the beginning, adding, "Now more homesteaders are buying ladybugs, praying mantis and green lacewings for their garden.
Green lacewings, insects of the family Chrysopidae, are found across much of the globe.