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Green Lacewing (Chrysoperla sp.)

Order: Neuroptera (noor-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Chrysopidae
Genus: Chrysoperla
Species: sp.


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Vincent, Alabama
Phoenix, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Mammoth Spring, Arkansas
North Little Rock, Arkansas
Grass Valley, California
Magalia, California
Reseda, California
Sebastopol, California
Palm Bay, Florida
Lilburn, Georgia
Cedar Falls, Iowa
Hebron, Kentucky
Skowhegan, Maine
Maplewood, New Jersey
New York City, New York
Matthews, North Carolina
Summerville, South Carolina
Greenback, Tennessee
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Members' Notes:


On Jun 18, 2012, DWMike from Grenada, MS (Zone 8a) wrote:

"Chrysoperla carnea does not occur in North America. It is a European member of a sibling species complex that contains several other species in North America. Some of the members of this complex are only differentiable on the basis of 'songs' (abdominal tremulation patterns), and are not distinguishable on any known morphological grounds." (Dr. J.D. Oswald) ref: http://bugguide.net/node/view/32027


On Jul 31, 2006, palmbob from Acton, CA (Zone 8b) wrote:

This is a not only a 'good' bug for the garden, but is also a 'safe' bug to handle- can't bite through finger skin, and is a very slow flier. You will often find them flying about your front door light at night in the summers. They have very fine, nearly see-through lacey wings.


On Jul 26, 2006, Xenomorf from Valley of the Sun, AZ (Zone 9b) wrote:

This is a beneficial insect because the larvae and adults eat aphids, mites & thrips. These can also be purchased if you want more.