Explanation of Names
Chrysoperla Steinmann 1964
8 spp. in our area(1)
, 3 spp. range into Canada(2)
; 10 in North America(3)
Worldwide and throughout NA(3)(1)
Cotton, sweet corn, potatoes, cole crops, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, asparagus, leafy greens, apples, strawberries, and other crops infested by aphids.
Larvae are active predators of aphids and other species. Adults feed only on nectar, pollen, and aphid honeydew.
"Chrysoperla carnea does not occur in North America. It is a European member of a sibling species complex that contains several other species in North America. Some of the members of this complex are only differentiable on the basis of 'songs' (abdominal tremulation patterns), and are not distinguishable on any known morphological grounds." (J.D. Oswald)