Definition of lacewing in English:

lacewing

Pronunciation /ˈlāsˌwiNG/ /ˈleɪsˌwɪŋ/

noun

  • A slender delicate insect with large clear membranous wings. Both the adults and larvae are typically predators of aphids.

    Several families in the order Neuroptera, in particular Chrysopidae (the green lacewings)

    ‘That is why right now is one of the best times to begin releasing green lacewings into your garden.’
    • ‘To introduce green lacewings into a garden start early in the season as soon as pest insects are detected.’
    • ‘Natural predators such as ladybirds and lacewings love to eat aphids, but they can be scarce.’
    • ‘Here is a green lacewing, maybe chrysopa oculata, contrasting sharply with the frost-burnt clove basil.’
    • ‘Most of the green lacewings found in Kentucky, such as the one pictured below, are in the Chrysoperla genus.’
    • ‘Female lacewings can lay up to 300 eggs over a period of 3-4 weeks, if they survive that long.’
    • ‘Most adult lacewings get their sustenance from pollen, nectar, and the honeydew produced by aphids and scales.’
    • ‘The larval stage of the green lacewing is sometimes confused with the larval stage of lady beetles or ladybugs.’
    • ‘However in some lacewings the head may also appear to be extended, though never to the extent of a scorpionfly.’
    • ‘Rearing methods are being developed for green lacewings so that they may be used in biological control of aphids.’
    • ‘Both larval and adult lacewings are predators, and are fond of aphids, scales, and other small homopteran insects.’
    • ‘The adult green lacewing is about 3/4 inch long, light green and has a delicate appearance with lacy wings.’
    • ‘The common green lacewing occurs throughout North America, while other species are more restricted in distribution.’
    • ‘All lacewings, both as adults and larvae, prey on aphids and other soft-bodied insects.’
    • ‘The female lacewing lays about 300 eggs, and each developing larva eats between 1000 and 10,000 aphids in its lifetime.’
    • ‘Nymphidae is the family to which lacewings and ant-lions belong.’
    • ‘All brown lacewings are voracious predators as both larvae and adults.’
    • ‘Many species of adult lacewings do not prey on pests.’
    • ‘There are two species of lacewings that are brown as adults.’
    • ‘The larvae of the green lacewing are ferocious predators.’