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Scientific Name: Chrysoperla carnea
Common Name: Common Green Lacewing
Chrysoperla carnea, more commonly known as the Common Green Lacewing, is an insect in the Chrysopidae family. Although the adults feed on nectar, pollen and aphid honeydew, the larvae, which look like little alligators, are voracious predators and feed on aphids and other small insects. It has been used in the biological control of insect pests on crops.
As their common name implies, Chrysoperla carnea are green in color with two pairs of transparent (lace) wings, which are longer than their body. Green lacewing adults are about 10-12mm long with big red coloured eyes and very long and thin antennae.
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