Chrysopa oculata

Goldeneye Lacewing
Chrysopa oculata

Goldeneye Green Lacewing Chrysopa oculata face
Goldeneye Green Lacewing Chrysopa oculata face at moth lights July 12, 2011, Wheatley, Ontario.
Goldeneye Green Lacewing Chrysopa oculata
Goldeneye Green Lacewing Chrysopa oculata at moth lights Oct. 02, 2013, Wheatley, Ontario.
Goldeneye Green Lacewing Chrysopa oculata
Goldeneye Green Lacewing Chrysopa oculata at moth lights July 13, 2013, Wheatley, Ontario.
Goldeneye Green Lacewing Chrysopa oculata
Goldeneye Green Lacewing Chrysopa oculata on a Goldenrod leaf, Jun 21-09, Wheatley, Ontario.
Goldeneye Green Lacewing Chrysopa oculata
Goldeneye Green Lacewing Chrysopa oculata on a log Wheatley Provincial Park May 31, 2005 Wheatley, Ontario.
Goldeneye Green Lacewing Chrysopa oculata larva
Goldeneye Green Lacewing Chrysopa oculata larva on watermelon Aug 07-09 Wheatley, Ontario.

Identification:
Head: Face mostly reddish with reddish-black dots, sometimes merging to stripes. Antenna bases surrounded with reddish-black lines, forming a square. Eyes bronze-golden. Whiskers (palpi) striped black and white. Top of head pale yellowish with 4 large reddish-black dots, sometimes merging into two lines.
Antenna: Base (scape) swollen, yellowish with reddish base, black tip. Segments yellowish, becoming darker near tips.
Thorax: Neck (pronotum) greenish with vague, small dark spots on thorax, not in a row.
Wings: Pale green, veins with varying amounts of black, mostly near base of wing and along costal edge.
Legs: Pale green to yellowish. Feet darker.
Abdomen: Pale green.

Main ID: Reddish face with golden eyes.

Similar Species: Chrysopa chi has 4 obvious black marks in a row on neck, face green.

Size: 15 to 22 mm.

Flight Time: May to July; September to October

Habitat: Forest edges, fields, roadside ditches, open areas and apple orchards.

Food: Both adults and larvae feed primarily on the green apple aphid and other soft-bodied tiny insects.

Life Cycle: Overwinters as a pupa in a silken cocoon in the soil. Females can lay up to 700 eggs during their life span. When irritated, it diffuses a strong offensive odour, similar to that of human excrement.

Comments: Essex County – Point Pelee National park and Ojibway Prairies. Kent County – Rondeau Provincial Park.

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