The lacewing is a light green colored insect with lustrous eyes. It is an insectary grown predator. The oval shaped pale green eggs are “planted” on foliage at the end of short hair-like filaments. The larvae are grey-green and are known as “aphid lions”. Complimenting their voracious appetite for aphids, they also consume mealy bugs, red spider mites, thrips, some small worms and many different insect eggs and larva. The lacewing larvae feed for about three weeks until they pupate by spinning a white colored cocoon. After about one week they emerge as adults to lay eggs. They are light green with transparent wings and grow to about 3/4 inch in length. The lacewing are shipped in the egg stage in a container of rice hulls which makes distribution of the tiny eggs easier.
Release Rate: For gardens and greenhouses use 1,000 lacewing eggs per 500 square feet. For larger fields and orchards we suggest 5,000 lacewing eggs per acre.
“Our little container of eggs arrived fast and in great condition. We are amazed that such a tiny insect can produce such tremendous results.” — Bob S., Arizona