Mallada (genus - predators)

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Mallada Navas, 1925

This genus of green lacewings is widely distributed and includes around 60 species. Other species, previously classified under this genus, have been subsequently assigned to the related genus Pseudomallada. Species of Mallada are mainly found in Asia and Australia.

The larvae live on other insects while the adults feed on nectar, honeydew, and pollen. Some species are important natural enemies of agricultural pests with the larvae being generalist predators feeding on small arthropods like aphids, whiteflies, thrips, Lepidoptera larvae or spider mites.

The larvae typically carry trash and dead aphids on their back, possibly to hide themselves from their own predators (e.g. see Nakahira & Arakawa, 2006). The genus is characterised by the structure of the male genitalia.

Type species: Mallada basalis


Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: