lacewing definition

  • noun:
    • any one of numerous pests of this superfamily Hemerobioidea, having four gauzy wings, threadlike antennae, and larvae that prey on insect pests such as aphids.
    • some of a number of gauzy-winged bugs for the people Chrysopidae and Hemerobiidae.
    • anybody of a few species of neuropterous bugs for the genus Chrysopa and allied genera. They've fragile, lacelike wings and brilliant eyes. Their particular larvæ are helpful in destroying aphids. Known as additionally lace-winged fly, and goldeneyed fly.
    • Same as lace-winged fly.
    • any one of two groups of insects with gauzy wings (Chrysopidae and Hemerobiidae); larvae feed on bugs such aphids

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