Brown lacewings will be available approximately the first week of April. Supply is limited.

Now taking orders to week 16 (April 17th, 2018)

Target Pests: mites, aphids, mealybugs, scales, whiteflies, small caterpillars, psyllids, thrips, whiteflies, leafhoppers, and insect eggs.

Description: Adult brown lacewings look much like green lacewings, except they are smaller and brown, with hairy wings. Brown lacewings are reddish brown with a thin body. They have large, membranous, brown wings, long antennae and a ong thin body. 

Brown lacewing eggs are oval, white and laid singly, but not on stalks. The larvae are also similar. Larvae are small, gray and slender, and have large sickle-shaped mouthparts with which to puncture prey. When they reach approximately 10 mm, they spin a silken cocoon and pupate on the underside of the leaf. There are one to ten generations per year. 

Use in Biological Control: Brown lacewings are predaceous as both larvae and adults. They feed on soft-bodied arthropods such as mites, aphids, mealybugs, scales, whiteflies, psyllids, thrips, whiteflies, leafhoppers and caterpillars. They prefer cooler temperature and wooded areas and are less common than green lacewings.  

Sympherobius barberi ‘Banks,’ or Brown Lacewings are widely used in various situations to control many different pests. Target crops include grapes, citrus, tree crops, and greenhouse crops. Unlike green lacewings, which only feed on pests as lacewing larvae, brown lacewings feed on pests from the day they hatch until the day they die. This makes brown lacewings a much more viable and valuable predator in biological control. Lacewings are voracious, attacking and feeding on prey whenever they find it. Of all available commercial predators, brown lacewing is the most voracious and has the greatest versatility for pests of field crops, orchards, and greenhouses. Brown lacewings in particular are especially valuable because, unlike green lacewings, they prey on pests throughout their adult life cycle.