aphid lion

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aphid lion

Any of various insect larvae, especially those of lacewings, that feed on aphids.


(or a′phis) li`on,

the larva of a lacewing, usu. predaceous on aphids.
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Noun1.aphid lion - carnivorous larva of lacewing fliesaphid lion - carnivorous larva of lacewing flies
Chrysopidae, family Chrysopidae - green lacewings
larva - the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose
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For best results, I order up some "aphid lion" (lacewing larvae) eggs.
The lacewing, sometimes called the aphid lion or stinkfly, appears to be one of the most delicate creatures to visit our gardens.
Appropriately named the aphid lion, the larva of the lacewing may be the most effective insect against a broad spectrum of soft-bodied pests, including mealybugs, scale, and aphids.
Their larvae are known as "aphid lions," but besides aphids they also help control a number of other pests, including thrips, mealybugs and mites.