Lacewing Eggs in Denver

By Idelle, September 19, 2016

I spotted these mysterious eggs at our community garden in Denver, and I took this photo and “googled” eggs on stalks and low-and-behold… I found out that they are Lacewing eggs! Neat!

Lacewig Eggs on Tomato Plant in Denver

Lacewings are great in the garden, adults feed only on nectar, pollen, and aphid honeydew, but the larvae are active predators – they are similar in appearance to an alligator with pincers like tiny ice tongs – these bugs vigorously attack its prey, injecting a paralyzing venom then drawing out the body fluids of its victim. Besides aphids, they feed on just about any soft-bodied pest they can “grab,” including citrus mealybugs, cottony cushion scale, spider mites, thrips, caterpillars, insect eggs, etc.

Here’s a Lacewing adult:

Denver Lacewig

Avoid pesticides and you’ll find that nature has it’s own pest control!