Brown lacewing



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.

The MSU IPM Program maintains this site as an access point to pest management information at MSU. The IPM Program is administered within the Department of Entomology, fueled by research from the AgBioResearch, delivered to citizens through MSU Extension, and proud to be a part of Project GREEEN.