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Lacewing
Photo Credit: University of Nebraska

Lacewing
Chrysopa spp
Size: Up to ½ inch long

Where/When: Found in gardens, especially where aphids are present. They are active in the spring and summer.

Significance: The larva is known to feed on a wide variety of soft-bodied arthropods, including many aphid species, caterpillars, insect eggs, spiders, and mites. Therefore, they are important biological control agents in gardens.
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