Skip to Main navigation Skip to Left navigation Skip to Main content Skip to Footer

University of Minnesota Extension

Extension > Garden > Diagnose a problem > What insect is this? > Garden Pests > Caterpillars, maggots, grubs, and similar immature insects - Under than 1/4 inch long > Lacewing

Print Icon Email Icon Share Icon


Chrysopa spp.


University of Nebraska

Size: Up to 1/2 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.

More information on Lacewing...

Did this tool help you identify the insect? Tell us.
  • © Regents of the University of Minnesota. All rights reserved.
  • The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity educator and employer. Privacy