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This little insect is good to have in the garden or around your flowerbeds.  He likes to feed on other pests such as aphids.  There are approximately 2,000 species worldwide.  The common green lacewing, one of the species, is nocturnal and begins to be active at dusk.  As the name suggests, they are a pale green.  Their antennae are long and threadlike.  They can feed on pollens and nectar as well.  Their eyes are the color of copper.

The adult green lacewing overwinters in buildings, or by burying into leaves by the edges of rocks, fences, etc., only emerging when the weather warms in the springtime.  They can be found from April through October. 

The female lays from two to five eggs per day, until she has laid up to 200 eggs.  You can attract the lacewings to your garden or flower bed by planting some of the following:  angelica, sunflowers, dandelions, coreopsis, dill or cosmos.

 

Sources:

http://ezinearticles.com/?Lacewings---Ten-Interesting-Facts-About-These-Insects&id=6143602

http://insects.about.com/od/Nerve-Winged-Insects/p/Common-Lacewings-Family-Chrysopidae.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chrysoperla_carnea

http://www.wildlifetrusts.org/species/lacewing

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