|Green lacewing adult. This is not my picture. I borrowed|
it from somewhere on the internet and now cant find it. Sorry
to whoever owns it.
A. I think this calls for some congratulations. If I am seeing from your description, what you are seeing, and seeing it correctly, you have green lacewings; a fabulous addition to your fruit trees.
We have them at the orchard as well and
it is primarily because we use so few pesticides and the pesticides that we do
use are used in a way that helps preserve our beneficial insects like green
lacewings and ladybird beetles are ladybugs they are sometimes called. Both of these insects are voracious feeders
on other insects like aphids for instance.
They can also do a number on other soft bodied pests.
|This is my picture. Green lacewing egg on a|
thin stalk elevated from the surface of a green
almond. Finding this on fruit or in the orchard
is a great sign it is organic.
Enjoy them. They are not good flyers but kind of flutter clumsily from place to place. The voracious eaters are their immature forms. I am sending you pictures but I will post pictures of both the adults and juveniles on my blog because the adult and juvenile forms look nothing alike. You have to learn to identify both forms of these insects or you may make the mistake of thinking they are bad guys.
So now it is up to you to be careful in using pesticides so that you can preserve populations of these insects to help you out. They will not impact your borer population unfortunately but they will help you in other ways and you can look forward in seeing these guys each year if you are careful in applying pesticides.
That doesn’t mean you can’t apply any but you just have to be careful when and which ones you use. Even soap and water can kill these good guys, and will, if you apply it incorrectly.