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Friend or Foe

Published on April 1st 2018

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Common Green Lacewing - Chrysoperia carnea
An amazing insect who's young have an incredible appetite.
  • Lacewings are the most important insect predators in the garden.
  • The adult only lives for 20-40 days, she will feed on pollen, honeydew secreted by aphids.
  • Females lay 10-30 eggs every day, so that is between 200 and 1200 eggs in her short lifetime.
  • The pale brown larvae are incredible active predators.
  • The green lacewing larvae are a voracious feeder and can consume up to 200 aphids and a wide variety of soft-bodied insects, thrips, mealybugs, immature whiteflies, and small caterpillars.
The type of home a Common Green Lacewing is looking for is a rather nice lacewing hotel. These are easy to make using a plastic drinks bottle, or a terracotta pot filled with straw and hung up in a border for them to check-in. Once they have checked-in they will start protecting your garden.
Another way to bring these amazing insects into your garden is to grow the plants they like. Giving them access to nectar rich restaurants. Plants that attract lacewings:
  • Fern-leaf yarrow Achillea filipendulina
  • Dill Anethum graveolens
  • Angelica Angelica gigas
  • Golden marguerite Anthemis tinctoria
  • Purple poppy mallow Callirhoe involucrata
  • Caraway Carum carvi
  • Coriander Coriandrum sativum
  • Cosmos white Cosmos bipinnatus
  • Queen Anne’s lace Daucus carota
  • Fennel Foeniculum vulgare
  • Prairie sunflower Helianthus maximilianii
  • Tansy Tanacetum vulgare
  • Dandelion Taraxacum officinale
A close up of some Bronze Fennel

Bronze Fennel

Foeniculum vulgare 'Purpureum'

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