; subclass Pterygota, order Neuroptera)
Family of insects which have pale-green bodies, iridescent, often greenish wings, and prominent, reddish-golden eyes. The eggs are laid on foliage at the end of tiny stalks, and the larvae are highly predacious on aphids and plant lice, which they suck out with their hollowed, sickle-shaped mandibles. The larvae often camouflage themselves with the empty skins of their prey and small plant fragments. Pupation occurs in a small, round, silk cocoon. Green lacewings are common insects, found on grass, shrubs, and weeds. They often give off an offensive odour when handled.
Subjects: Zoology and Animal Sciences.