The Gottlieb Native Garden

a california love story

The Gottlieb Native Garden is a flourishing ecosystem belonging to Susan and Dan Gottlieb, friends of flora and fauna and devoted environmental philanthropists. With more than 100 hand-selected plant species and hundreds of animal species, the backyard is a National Wildlife Federation-certified Backyard Wildlife Habitat and a Xerces Society-designated Pollinator Habitat.

Lacewing Larvae Defends Apache Plume

Green lacewings are welcome guests in the GNG as their larvae are ravenous predators of the eggs and immature stages of soft bodied insects, especially aphids.  When left unchecked, many soft bodied insect species can become garden pests. Lacewings are one of the natural predators that keep pesticides out of your garden.

Pollen-covered lacewing larvae on Apache plume flower

In about 30 - 40 days, a frightening looking green lacewing larvae will become an adult with an almost “fairy-like” appearance – especially while in flight.  The adult lacewing pictured below was attracted to a UV light while surveying moths in the GNG.

Adult green lacewing - Chrysopidae Sp.