Chrysopa oculata


     Chrysopa oculata are found throughout the United States and Canada*.  They are a terrestrial species, but they spend a lot of time flying, especially in the warmer months of May to September (Arnett 1985).  “The structure and quality of vegetation inside the given habitat and in adjacent surroundings have the most relevant effects on the activity of lacewings” (McEwen et al. 2007).  The adults lay eggs on long stalks.  The eggs then hatch into larva and grow into adult goldeneyed lacewings (Arnett 1985).  Due to the fact that they are predators, they are often raised commercially and sold for use in yards and gardens as to control the levels of other unwanted insects (Dunn 1996).  This makes them popular, natural biological control agents and crop protectors (McEwen et al. 2007).  Groups of Chrysopa oculata can disperse and travel from one niche to another both by active flight as well as being passively carried by wind currents (McEwen et al. 2007).  However, it is important to remember that habitats and niches are not static, but are always changing due to many factors, including day length and amount of light, climate and weather, and amount of prey and vegetation for food (McEwen et al. 2007).

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