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Reddish Vale Country Park

There are around 14 species of lacewing in the UK, although they are less common in Scotland.

 

Both the adults and larvae are carnivorous and suck the juices from their prey, usually aphids, greenfly and other small insects which gardeners generally regard as pests. Lacewing larvae have a rather gruesome method of sneaking up on their prey, they cover themselves with the remains of their victims!

 

 Female lacewings lay each egg on a thread of mucus that hardens in the air, leaving the egg on a slender stalk.

Generally some adults hibernate in winter, although many perish, the bodies of hibernating lacewings turn a pale pink colour.

 

Lacewing larvae can be purchased via mail order as biological pest control for your garden.

 

You can see lacewings from May to August.

 

Lacewing

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Lacewing