Green lacewing: general predator

Seymour, Jamie (2002) Green lacewing: general predator. In: Llewellyn, Richard, (ed.) The Good Bug Book: beneficial organisms commercially available in Australia and New Zealand for biological pest control. Integrated Pest Management for Australasian Biological Control, [Mundubbera, QLD, Australia], pp. 20-22.

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[Extract] As their common name implies, adult green lacewings are green, with four clear wings. Adult female lacewings live for 3-4 weeks and lay up to 600 eggs. Each egg sits on the end of a slender stalk, which elevates it from the ground and decreases the chances of predation by ants. The eggs take approximately 4 days to hatch.

Larvae increase in size from 1 mm at first emergence up to 8 mm just before they pupate. They have small spines on their backs upon which they impale the remains of prey. This provides a form of camouflage and allows the larvae to appear inconspicuous among the prey. It is also believed to reduce cannibalism between larvae.

Item ID: 46022
Item Type: Book Chapter (Reference)
ISBN: 978-0-9580589-0-2
Date Deposited: 04 Nov 2016 01:38
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