Lacewing is a frail insect with two pairs of pretty lacy wings for which it is named. Lacewings lay their eggs on the tips of small threadlike stems attached to a leaf. Only one egg is laid on a stem. This prevents the hungry newly hatched larva from eating its neighbors.
   The larvae are yellow or grayish. They have large sickle-shaped jaws to capture and suck the juices of aphids, scales, mites, leafhoppers, and thrips. They are sometimes called aphis lions. The full-grown larva spins a silk cocoon. After two weeks, an adult lacewing emerges.
   Scientific Classification. Lacewings belong to the order Neuroptera. They make up the green lacewing family,
   Chrysopidae, and the brown lacewing family, Hemerobiidae.


The Lacewing deserves Its name. The four graceful wings
 are so thin and delicate that they look like spun glass.