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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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The nectar-rich plants are also a favourite with ladybirds, lacewings and hoverflies, are easy to grow, will tolerate poor conditions and are great in containers.
Community outreach officer Chris Corbett said: "If your family doesn't know its ladybirds from its lacewings, come along and discover these and many more local minibeasts in our beautiful flower meadow.
Gardening magazine, not a single butterfly was seen to use the Gardman Butterfly Haven, no lacewings were seen visiting the Chapelwood Lacewing Chamber and just one ladybird was seen checking into the Crocus Ladybird Hotel when wildlife homes were tested in 10 gardens, mostly in and around the Sheffield area.
But they found that, instead of repelling insects, the compound attracted lacewings, which prey on several crop and garden pests.
They prey on other ladybirds, butterflies, lacewings and many beneficial insects.
Ladybugs, lacewings, predatory mites, wasps and minute pirate bugs are among the good bugs available from supplier insectaries in California.
Ladybugs eat aphids; lacewings eat caterpillars; and praying mantises eat all insects (even each other).
Other insects, such as ladybugs and lacewings, prey on the pests that harm our plants.
Birds, bugs, frogs, dragonflies, earthworms, and lacewings are all part of this magnificent microcosm.
I use "Rapid" as it doesn't harm bees, ladybirds or lacewings, all of which you need in the battle against the bugs.
Still, Hoy has found bat detectors in a wide range of night-fliers, such as crickets, katydids, locusts, praying mantises, green lacewings, and beetles.