Lacewings are a plant's best friend thanks to their voracious appetite for aphids, a tiny sap-sucking nuisance.
Brown Lacewings have long brown wings with dark spots and specks on them. The wings are sparsely covered in short hairs that resemble stubble. They are good to have around because their offspring are excellent hunters like their parents. Lacewing larvae look more like lady beetle larvae than the flying adult. Larvae lack wings, have pincers at the front of the face, and have a tapered, segmented body. They are fast crawlers and scour a plant for insects to eat. Their favorite prey are aphids. The small aphid is usually part of a large population that attacks plant stems, siphoning the precious liquids inside. Aphids also secrete a sweet sticky substance referred to as honeydew. This attracts ants and black sooty mildew. Brown Lacewing larvae are a natural control for aphids and help prevent all the nuisances associated with them.
Scientific Name: Miromus subanticus
Antlion or Lacewing
Size (Adult; Length): 5mm to 8mm (0.20in to 0.31in)
Descriptors: brown; flying; fly; spiky hairs; stubble; hairs; dark brown dots on wings; ant head
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