Taxonomic placing: Insecta, Holometabola.

Common name: Lacewings, ant lions, net-winged insects.

An order of small to large predatory insects that contains about 6,000 named species. The adults have soft bodies and grasping, biting mouthparts, two pairs of similar, membranous and heavily-veined wings that are held roof-like over the body at rest, and long antennae. The larvae possess a discrete head and grasping mouth parts. The aquatic forms bear gills. The Neuroptera has several families, including the Chrysopidae (common lacewings) and the Hemerobiidae (brown lacewings), whose larvae are important predators of many pests.


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McEwen, P.K., New, T.R. and Whittington, A.E. (eds) 2007. Lacewings in the Crop Environment. Cambridge University Press, 546 pp.

Miller, G.L., Oswald, J.D. and Miller, D.R. 2004. Lacewings and scale insects: A review of predator/prey associations between the Neuropterida and Coccoidea (Insecta: Neuroptera, Raphidioptera, Hemiptera). Annals of the Entomological Society of America 97:1 103-1125.