Lacewing Larvae Habitat: Identifying Lacewing Insect Eggs And Larvae

By Bonnie L. Grant Broad spectrum pesticides can have detrimental effects on the population of “good” or beneficial bugs. Lacewings are a perfect example. Lacewing larvae in gardens are a natural knock out for undesirable insects. They are voracious eaters of many soft-bodied insects that attack plants. For non-toxic pest control, create a lacewing larvae habitat that is attractive and keeps these helpful bugs near your favorite plants. Lacewing Life Cycle Lacewings mature in approximately 4 weeks. That takes them from egg to larvae, into the pupal stage and finally emergence as adults. Lacewing insect eggs hatch in 4 to 5 days, releasing tiny alligator-like larvae. The larvae have large, fierce jaws, brownish coloring with red stripes and spots and rough skin. They are often called aphid lions because they feed on aphids as well as leafhoppers, mites, mealybugs, thrips and many other soft bodied insects. The release of so

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