lace·​wing | \ ˈlās-ˌwiŋ How to pronounce lacewing (audio) \

Definition of lacewing

: any of various neuropterous insects (such as genera Chrysopa and Hemerobius) having delicate lacelike wing venation, long antennae, and often brilliant eyes

called also lacewing fly

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Recent Examples on the Web Gradwohl’s favorite specimen is a brown lacewing, a small fly-like insect that was collected by Charles Darwin himself on the island of Tasmania in February 1863. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Despite 11-month closure, Natural History Museum has been a beehive of activity since March," 24 Feb. 2021 The lacewing is among more than 1 million insects in the museum’s collection, each pinned and displayed with a tag detailing the date and location where it was found. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Despite 11-month closure, Natural History Museum has been a beehive of activity since March," 24 Feb. 2021 Brown lacewing eggs are not on silken stalks but are instead attached to surfaces. Howard Garrett, Dallas News, "Desirable but delicate, lacewings are your garden’s friend," 3 Aug. 2020 In theory, this means that unlike traditional pesticides, the treatment will be very specific to the invasive Asian citrus psyllid and won't impact other beneficial insects such as bees or green lacewings. Amanda Morris,, "As disease threatens citrus trees, researchers target the insects that are spreading it," 15 Apr. 2020 Protect To control pests like aphids and whiteflies, introduce ladybugs and lacewings. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Your Ultimate Spring Gardening To-Do List for March and April," 16 Mar. 2020 The tiny lacewings come packaged in a honeycomb of cardboard. Catalina Righter,, "Westminster releases 100,000 insects ... on purpose," 18 July 2019 Scientists suspect eyespots first evolved in Jurassic lacewings and then a second time in modern butterflies. Rachael Lallensack, Smithsonian, "Here Are 12 Things You Might Miss in the Smithsonian’s New Fossil Hall," 7 June 2019 To control these bugs: Wash plants with strong spray of water Encourage native predators and parasites such as aphid midges, lacewings, and lady beetles 2. The Editors, Good Housekeeping, "The 10 Most Destructive Garden Insects and How to Get Rid of Them," 10 July 2018

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First Known Use of lacewing

1912, in the meaning defined above

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“Lacewing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

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