Chrysoperla carnea


This is the most common of our green lacewings and the only one to hibernate. Late in the season it loses the green pigment and becomes straw coloured. It often has a pale strip along its dorsal surface and also has hairy veins on its wings, can just be seen with a hand lens.

Similar Species

There are several other green lacewings so identification normally requires close examination of the specimen.

Photo ID?

Various habitats, often entering houses as it prepares for hibernation, and on summer evenings when it is attracted to lights.

When to see it

All year round hibernating in winter with the peak time being May to August.

Life History

A predator of aphids.

UK Status

Common and widespread throughout Britain.

VC55 Status

Common in Leicestershire and Rutland.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map