- any of several insects of the family Chrysopidae, having delicate, lacelike wings and golden or copper-colored eyes, the larvae of which are predaceous on aphids and other small insects.
Origin of lacewing
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May says she supposes the larva of the lacewing is a little monster like that of the corydalus.
It helps us get rid of the aphids, and we should never kill a lacewing or a child of the lacewing.
Between thirty and forty species of lacewing flies are known to occur in our own country.
You see it looks a little like the lacewing larva, and it, too, belongs to the Neuroptera.
- any of various neuropterous insects, esp any of the families Chrysopidae (green lacewings) and Hemerobiidae (brown lacewings), having lacy wings and preying on aphids and similar pests
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