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|Green lacewings are in the family Chrysopidae of the order net-winged insects. There are approximately 2, 000 species globally, 70 of which are found in Europe. These include Chrysoperla carnea s. l and Chrysoperla mediterranea.
The wings of the green lacewing are between 6 and 65 mm in length. Most resident species in Europe have a greenish tint. A distinguishing feature is the markings on the head. The two pairs of wings are the same shape and are usually transparent and iridescent with green wing veins.
Larvae are elongated and have small bumps on the chest and abdomen segments, or are plump and have long bristles on the sides of the body.
Adult green lacewings fly at night and at dawn. They feed on pollen, nectar or honeydew. There are also species that are predatory. The latter are useful in agriculture as they eat insects, mites and aphids. |
|...he caterpillars are nocturnal and live on, and eat, the grasses Brachypodium sylvaticum, Agrostis capillaris, broch sedge (Carex divulsa) and Luzula forsteri. The caterpillar is long and thin. It can reach body lengths of 25 - 27 mm and is yellowish-green in colour. There is a dark green stripe, on the upper surface of the back and slightly dark green and bright green shimmering lines on the sides. The entire body of the caterpillar is covered in individual, upright, light coloured hairs. The head is oval or round and clearly a blue-green colour. At the hind end a whitish tail boom is to see in the early larval stage. The caterpillars have stubby feet and are characterized by their excellent camouflage in the grasses where they live. |
|The rear section of the body (opisthosoma) in both sexes is usually a light green colour with a light green to green shimmer. It may, however, also be covered with white or yellow spots and fine white hair. While the females have plain green legs, the males’ are yellowish-brown. The Nigma walckenaeri can be distinguished from all other Dictynidae spider species by its green abdomen. |
|Aeshna cyanea reach body lengths of 70-80 mm and wingspans of 90-110 mm. Their bodies are long and black and the females have bright green spots. The head is large and clearly separated from the thorax. The compound eyes are blue-green in the males and olive-green in the females. The chest section is mottled yellow to green and has black markings (base colour). Two yellow stripes are visible on the upper surface and sides of the chest.|
|Due to their physical characteristics, the southern green stink bug can be confused with the green shield bug (Palomena prasina). The latter is about 1 mm smaller and has no clear grainy boundary at the front edges of the scutellum. A key identifying characteristic for both species is the shape of the orifice of the defensive gland outlet. In the...|
...g (Palomena prasina). The latter is about 1 mm smaller and has no clear grainy boundary at the front edges of the scutellum. A key identifying characteristic for both species is the shape of the orifice of the defensive gland outlet. In the southern green stink bug it is short and wide, and in the green shield bug it is elongated and oval.
|Common green bottle flies|
|The common green bottle fly (Lucilia sericata) belongs to the family of Blow-flies (Calliphoridae) and is widespread in Europe and Asia. The body length ranges from 7 to 11 mm and has a metallic sheen in green and gold colours.|
|The common green bottle fly uses its proboscis to suck up liquids from carrion and nectar from flowers. The female common green bottle flies lay their eggs on carrion, which the larvae then feed on when they hatch.
The Common green bottle fly larvae are considered useful as they are used as fishing bait, animal feed and today (once again) in the treatment of wounds.
|Adult sage leafhoppers reach body lengths of 2 - 3. 5 mm. Their bodies taper at the front and are club shaped at the rear. The base colour of the body is whitish-green to yellowish-green. On the upper part of the face and forehead there are four to five black spots. The pronotum has two black spots in the middle and three on the sides. The front wings have a pattern made up of dark brown spots and dark edges. The wing veins are dist...|
...forehead there are four to five black spots. The pronotum has two black spots in the middle and three on the sides. The front wings have a pattern made up of dark brown spots and dark edges. The wing veins are distinctly yellow. The legs are whitish-green. The bodies of the immature nymphs are cream coloured.
|Green long-legged fly|
|The green long-legged fly (Poecilobothrus nobilitatus) belongs to the order Diptera, the family long-legged flies (Dolichopodidae) and to the genus Poecilobothrus. This species is commonly found throughout the world especially in Europe. The green long-legged fly reaches body lengths of 2-8 mm. The males are larger than the females. The bodies of the flies are brightly coloured and have a metallic sheen. Their large compound eyes have a red and greenish shimmer.|
|..., then red. After 4-12 days the caterpillars hatch. They are elongated and reach body lengths of 30-35 mm. Young larvae up to the 2nd moulting are reddish-yellow which changes to yellowish brown, in the 3rd to 4th larval stage. above whitish-green and laterally known with fine-grained black dotting (warts). At the end of the last larval stage they are cyan in colour with a dark-green underside. The caterpillar has little green feet. Due to its appearance the caterpillar of the orange tip can be confused with that of the common brimstone butterfly (Gonepteryx rhamni), but can however be distinguished by its black warts. The caterpillar lives from June to August on its f...|
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