Neuroptera (Lacewings and their relatives)

mostly from Orange County, California

Photographed and compiled by Peter J. Bryant (pjbryant@uci.edu
Department of Developmental and Cell Biology, 
University of California, Irvine, CA 92697

WIth help on text and identification by Bob Allen (email: Bob Allen)
Biological Science Department, California State University, Fullerton

Berothidae (Beaded Lacewings)

Beaded Lacewing, Lomamyia sp.
       
Chrysopidae (Goldeneyes)
Green Lacewing, Chrysopa coloradensis
Green lacewing,
Chrysopa oculata

Green lacewing,
Chrysoperla plorabunda

Green Lacewing, Chrysoperla rufilabris

Lonely lacewing,
Eremochrysa sp.

Perfect lacewing,
Mallada perfecta
       
Corydalidae (Dobsonflies) Hemerobiidae (Brown Lacewings)  

Fishfly, Chauliodes sp.

Dobsonfly,
Corydalis sp.
(larva)

Brown lacewing,
Hemerobius sp.

Barber's Brown Lacewing, Sympherobius barberi
 
Inocelliidae (Square-headed Snakeflies) Mantispidae
(Mantisflies)
Myrmeleontidae (Antlions)   Raphidiidae (Snakeflies)

Negha sp.

Mantisfly,
Plega signata

Brachynemurus sp.

Menkeleon bellulus

Agulla sp.
 

Chrysopidae: Also called "Goldeneyes" for the golden color of their eyes when alive. Color is not a reliable characteristic for lacewing identification, you need to examine their physical features. Lacewings in the Family Chrysopidae have straight crossveins just below the leading edge of the front wing. Their bodies and wings are hairless or not very hairy. They are green or brown.

 

Hemerobiidae: Color is not a reliable characteristic for lacewing identification. Lacewings in the Family Hemerobiidae have forked crossveins just below the leading edge of the front wing. Their bodies and wings are very hairy. They are most often light or dark brown.

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