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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