The natural enemy of many species of pests, insects and mites, the Green Lacewings are shipped as eggs that will soon hatch into larvae. The tiny larvae are known as “Aphid Lions” because of their voracious appetites (devouring as many as 1,000 aphids per day). They remain as larvae for up to 21 days, just crawling around looking for food. Aphid Lions also make hearty meals of Mealybugs, spider mites, caterpillars, thrips, leaf hoppers, whitefly larvae, a wide variety of moth eggs and just about any other soft-bodied pest. The adult green lacewing only feeds on pollen, but it will immediately begin laying eggs, and the life cycle will repeat. 1,000 eggs shipped in an order.
In gardens and greenhouses, release eggs at approximately 1,000 eggs per 2,000 sq. ft.
For farms release 5,000 to 50,000 per acre depending upon infestation.
Once the larvae emerge, they will feed for 1-3 weeks before they become adults. The adults are minor pollinators and eat pollen, honey, and nectar.
To establish a preventative colony, release several rounds of green lacewing eggs at the beginning of each growing season at 1 - 2 week intervals. For best pricing, order under our weekly or bi-weekly ship programs. Minimum order of three shipments required.
For severe infestations - Repeat releases every 7-10 days.