Brown lacewing

July 30, 2015



Reddish brown, thin body. Large, membranous, brown wings. Long antennae and a long, thin body. Smaller than the green lacewing.

Brown lacewing


Several hundred oval eggs per female, laid on the undersides of leaves; eggs not on stalks like green lacewing eggs.

Brown lacewing egg


Similar in appearance to green lacewing larvae, except head is similar in width to the pronotum. Gray to brown and alligator-like. Large, sickle-shaped mandibles.

Brown lacewing larvae


Pupation occurs inside a light brown, loosely woven cocoon on plant material.

Brown lacewing pupae


Larvae and adults feed on aphids, caterpillars, beetle larvae and insect eggs.

Print a PDF of this page: Brown lacewing.

Back to IPM scouting in woody landscape plants.

Related Topic Areas

Integrated Pest Management

Michigan State University Michigan State University Close Menu button Menu and Search button Open Close