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Green Lacewing

Chrysoperla carnea


They are pale green when first laid but become gray later. The larvae are about one millimetre long when they first hatch. They are brown and resemble small alligators, crawling actively around in search of prey. They have a pair of pincer-like mandibles on their head with which they grasp their prey, sometimes lifting the victim off the leaf surface to prevent its escape. The larvae inject enzymes into the bodies of their victims which digest the internal organs, after which they suck out the liquidated body fluids. The larvae grow to about eight millimetres long before they spin circular cocoons and pupate.

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LarsKorb 6 years ago

Thanks a lot, Mandy - it's the Green Lacewing.

CindyBinghamKeiser 6 years ago


LarsKorb 6 years ago

Yes it's living :) And it was very agile so i managed only this single shot - the light makes it looking more pale than it actually was...limey green abdomen (put somehow pale even in real)

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 6 years ago

Oh, wait, you're in Germany! The Lacewing species over there might just have different coloring than those I'm familiar with.

Mandy Hollman
Mandy Hollman 6 years ago

I think that's a Lacewing (Order = Neuroptera).
It's so pale! Is it living? Maybe it's a newly emerged one that hasn't gotten its color yet.

Hohenhorn, Schleswig-Holstein (Landmasse), Germany

Lat: 53.47, Long: 10.37

Spotted on Apr 25, 2012
Submitted on Apr 25, 2012

Spotted for mission

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