Adult Green Lacewings are small to medium-sized insects (10-20 mm). They are bright green, with soft skinny bodies and large wings that fold over their back like roof on a house. They often have golden eyes. The larvae are also long, with an large sharp mandibles, bumpy skin, and and long strips of brown or grey on a lighter background. Often it's tail lashes and moves as it hunts.
Green Lacewings are found around the world. There are about 90 species in the United States, and probably about 30 species in Michigan.
These predators are found in vegetation, especially forest and grassland.
Active larvae emerge from eggs and start to hunt. This group has complete metamorphosis, so after the larva has grown and molted several times, it spins a cocoon under a leaf and pupates, emerging as a winged adult later.
Probably about one year.
Larvae are active during the day and night, adults only move around or fly at night. These animals are not social.
Probably mainly by scent and hearing, perhaps also visually. Males and females sing "duets", calling back and forth to each other during courtship.
Some green lacewings can hear the calls of bats, and when they do they drop out of the air and land immediately. They are active at night to avoid the attention of birds. The larvae appear to have a chemical defense, but little is known of this.
Lacewings are important for the control of aphids and other small pest insects on plants. Species in this group are sold to gardeners and farmers for release onto their plants.
No species (that we know of) are endangered.
George Hammond (author), Animal Diversity Web.
living in sub-Saharan Africa (south of 30 degrees north) and Madagascar.
living in the Nearctic biogeographic province, the northern part of the New World. This includes Greenland, the Canadian Arctic islands, and all of the North American as far south as the highlands of central Mexico.
living in the southern part of the New World. In other words, Central and South America.
living in the northern part of the Old World. In otherwords, Europe and Asia and northern Africa.
having body symmetry such that the animal can be divided in one plane into two mirror-image halves. Animals with bilateral symmetry have dorsal and ventral sides, as well as anterior and posterior ends.
an animal that mainly eats meat
mid-altitude coastal areas with mild, rainy winters and long, dry summers. Dominant plant types are dense, evergreen shrubs.
animals which must use heat acquired from the environment and behavioral adaptations to regulate body temperature
forest biomes are dominated by trees, otherwise forest biomes can vary widely in amount of precipitation and seasonality.
An animal that eats mainly plants or parts of plants.
offspring are produced in more than one group (litters, clutches, etc.) and across multiple seasons (or other periods hospitable to reproduction). Iteroparous animals must, by definition, survive over multiple seasons (or periodic condition changes).
A large change in the shape or structure of an animal that happens as the animal grows. In insects, "incomplete metamorphosis" is when young animals are similar to adults and change gradually into the adult form, and "complete metamorphosis" is when there is a profound change between larval and adult forms. Butterflies have complete metamorphosis, grasshoppers have incomplete metamorphosis.
having the capacity to move from one place to another.
the area in which the animal is naturally found, the region in which it is endemic.
active during the night
found in the oriental region of the world. In other words, India and southeast Asia.
rainforests, both temperate and tropical, are dominated by trees often forming a closed canopy with little light reaching the ground. Climbing plants are also abundant. There is plenty of moisture and rain, but may be somewhat seasonal.
scrub forests develop in areas that experience dry seasons.
remains in the same area
reproduction that includes combining the genetic contribution of two individuals, a male and a female
a wetland area that may be permanently or intermittently covered in water, often dominated by woody vegetation.
this biome is characterized by large expanses of coniferous forest, there is an extended cold season and heavy snowfall.
that region of the Earth between 23.5 degrees North and 60 degrees North (between the Tropic of Cancer and the Arctic Circle) and between 23.5 degrees South and 60 degrees South (between the Tropic of Capricorn and the Antarctic Circle).
Living on the ground.
the region of the earth that surrounds the equator, from 23.5 degrees north to 23.5 degrees south.