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Green Lacewings, also known as the Aphid Exterminator, are essential defenders against a wide range of garden pests. These delicate insects, measuring about ½ - ¾ inches, lay tiny eggs near pest populations, which hatch into larvae within days. The larvae, resembling alligators, actively hunt and feed on soft-bodied pests for 2-4 weeks before pupating and emerging as adults. Each female can lay up to 200 eggs, ensuring a continuous cycle of pest control. To optimize their effectiveness, consider the specific pests, level of infestation, life cycle timing, and environmental conditions of your garden when choosing between larvae, eggs, or adults for introduction.

EGGS:
Low-cost control for limited infestation.
Green lacewing eggs are oblong and laid on hair-like filaments that hang from the underside of leaves. This protects the eggs from predators and also prevents the hatchlings from consuming one another. At +70°F., eggs take 7-14 days to hatch.

LARVAE:
Immediate treatment of pest infestation.
In their larval stage, these "Aphid Lions" consume vast quantities of unwanted pests and their eggs. This is their predatory stage, and they have a voracious appetite — one solitary larval lacewing can consume up to 50 Aphids a day! Lacewing larvae will live between 2-3 weeks before pupating. They have brown or grey stripes and a humpback-shaped body.

ADULT:
Establish a population in a large area.
In the adult stage, green lacewings will travel around and pollinate your garden while seeking areas near aphid populations to lay their eggs. These winged insects are bright green in color with long, slender bodies and distinct copper-colored eyes. Adults can live 4-6 weeks.