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Lacewing (Green lacewing) Chrysoperla carnea

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Neuroptera
Family: Chrysopidae
Genus: Chrysoperla
Species: C. carnea
Binomial name: Chrysoperla carnea
Synonyms: Chrysoperla carneia, Chrysoperla carnes
Common name: Common Green Lacewing,

Chrysoperla carnea is a small flying insect in the Chrysopidae family. It is found in many parts of America, Europe and Asia. It is a small flying insect with a delicate body >20mm long. The adults are a pale green colour and have long, threadlike antennae and bright, golden, compound eyes. 
The adults Chrysoperla carnea are not predatory and feed only on nectar, pollen and aphid honeydew. 

The grey or brownish larvae are an important predator of several species of aphids, spider mites, thrips, mealybugs, whiteflies, small caterpillars and beetle larvae. They look like small alligators and have well-developed legs and large pincers with which they suck the body fluids from their prey Chrysoperla carnea was introduced into New Zealand as a biological control of insect pests on crops.

A non predatory adult
  

The predatory larvae
  

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