Lacewings are sometimes mixed up with lacebugs. Just remember, lacewings are good guys and lacebugs are bad guys.

The adult lacewings have long antennae and transparent green to brown lacy wings which are held over their bodies. There are several species including one that has iridescent red/gold eyes.

Some people think that the larval form of the lacewing resembles a miniature alligators. They are yellow to gray in color with reddish brown markings. With sickle shaped jaws, they grab their prey and then such out their body fluids. They are considered good predators of aphids, mealybugs, scales and other small sized insects.

The green lacewing species is available for purchase commercially to be introduced into a landscape. They may not over-winter well so you may need to reintroduce them each spring.

As with all predator species, remember that, if you use broad spectrum insecticides, you will be killing them too.

Note: We have provided some general information and observations on this topic aimed at the home gardener. Before you take any serious action in your landscape, check with your state's land grant university's Cooperative Extension Service for the most current, appropriate, localized recommendations.

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