August 29, 2014

Green Lacewing: Chysoperla rufilabris

Lately I've seen a lot of these insects around. These are a type of Green Lacewing. Their adult form here eats nectar, pollen and aphid honeydew, but in this genus their larvae prey on other small insects. 

photo taken August 2014
Common Name: Green Lacewing
Scientific Name: Chrysoperla rufilabris
     Kingdom: Animalia (Animals)
          Phylum: Anthropoda (Anthropods)
               Subphylum: Hexapoda (Hexapods)
                    Class: Insecta (Insects)
                         Order: Neuroptera (Antlions, Lacewings, etc)
                              Suborder: Hemerobiiformia
                                   Family: Chrysopidae (Green Lacewings)
                                        Subfamily: Chrysopinae
                                             Tribe: Chrysopini
                                                  Genus: Chrysoperla
                                                       Species: rufilabris
Lifecycle: 4 weeks
Other Facts: Their larvae prey on other small insects that are considered pests. Gardeners may buy their eggs to put in their gardens to minimize pests. Sometimes the larvae will even bite humans.

photo taken August 2014

Their life cycle can last only 4 weeks so there can be several generations over the summer. The adults endure the winter buried under leaves.

photo taken August 2014

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