Last updated on: 11th July, 2024
ICAR-Directorate of Cashew Research

Green lace wings

Pentatomid bugs

  • Green lacewings are also excellent predators in an ecosystem. The common genus include Chrysoperla.
  • Adults are green, soft-bodied insects with golden eyes and four membranous wings. 
  • Eggs have long stalks and are commonly seen near the colonies of aphids, mealy bugs etc.
  • Larvae look like tiny alligators and are generalist predators.
  • The larvae predate on small insects, including aphids, caterpillars, leafhoppers, mealybugs, psyllids, thrips, whiteflies, insect eggs etc.
  • During the flowering season of cashew, these are commonly noticed on cashew inflorescences.

Photo credit: K. Vanitha, ICAR-DCR, Puttur