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Lacewing - a Friend

Lacewings in the garden NOT A PEST.. Very beneficial

The Lacewing is a gardener's friend.

They and their larvae, gobble up Aphids as though there were no tomorrow. You will probably find lacewings indoors during autumn and winter; leave them to over-winter in the comfy of your home.

The larvae of the lacewing also eats greenfly and blackfly, and consumes many times its own body weight each day - a good friend in the garden. However, the larvae can actually look a little bit like an 'enemy'. Please study the image, and get to know this little insect as a friend. It will repay you handsomely by feasting on your aphids - as can be seen in the image. 

©2001 (Approx 8x actual size)

Lacewing adult, that eats aphids - so do their young lavaeLacewing Larvae eating an aphid

Lacewing larvae - courtesy of Wiki Commons - tucking into a feast of aphid. Take a good look and learn to recognise. It is NOT a pest, and will do no harm whatever to your plants.

As with ladybirds, if you have an infestation of aphids, but also have lacewings present - especially the larvae, then leave nature to do the clearing up for you.

 Lacewings can be attracted into the garden by planting the herb Dill.

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