The Chrysopidae consist of 18 species of green (green, blue-green, yellow-green) lacewing and 2 brown lacewing (the Nothochrysa species), ranging in size from 15mm to 20mm. The adults and larvae feed on various aphid species, the larvae often camouflaged with the dead skins of their prey. The eggs are laid on the end of thin stalks attached to vegetation.
Identification relies upon external characteristics such as wing venation, head markings and antennae variations.
References and further information:
- A Key to the Adults of British Lacewings and their Allies. Plant, Colin W. (1997)
- Collins Complete British Insects. Chinery, M. (2005)
- Insects of Britain and Western Europe. Chinery, M. (2007)