lions, green lacewings, brown lacewings
Adult ground lacewings have just what you would expect, lacey-looking
wings. Their green or brown bodies are long, as are their thin antennae.
Many times their eyes are reflective in gold or silver colors.
Larvae of lacewings are fast moving and alligator-like with large piercing
mouthparts in the shape of two scythes. Larvae use these large fangs
to puncture and suck fluids from soft-bodied insects, like aphids. Larvae
are so voracious that eggs are laid on separate stalks to keep the hatching
lacewings from eating each other! Talk about sibling rivalry!
are always on the trail of soft-bodied troublemakers, much like ladybugs.
The brown lacewing is generally more active early in the year around Lake
Whatcom while the more common green lacewing builds up its squadrons in
spring and early summer. By fall you will see many green lacewing agents
flying around your porch light.
adult lacewings that are feeding enjoy munching on pollen while they
toast with nectar to their many kills as young and daring larvae. (Some
kinds will even show their bravery extends beyond youth by continuing
to knock off aphids.) Provide flower pollen and nectar sources throughout
are a little more tolerant to pesticides than other insects, but still
use caution if applying them.