Green lacewing

Lacewings don’t just look good, they do good too!

Here are some reasons why lacewings are such useful insects.

Chrysopa perla lacewing
A pearly green lacewing (Chrysopa perla) ©Denzil Walton

Green lacewings are voracious predators, especially in their larval stage. They feed on a variety of garden pests, including aphids, thrips, mites, whiteflies, and small caterpillars. By consuming these pests, lacewings help to naturally control their populations and reduce the need for chemical pesticides.

They are also effective predators in agricultural settings. They can be used in greenhouses, orchards, and fields as pest management allies.

Lacewing larvae are known for their ability to discriminate between pest insects and beneficial organisms. They primarily target harmful insects, minimizing damage to beneficial insects, such as pollinators and predatory mites.

Lacewings are thus used as non-toxic, environmentally friendly biological control agents.

The more, the better!


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