Categories » Lacewings, Antlions, Dobsenflies

Order: Neuroptera: Derived from the Greek words "neuron" meaning sinew and "ptera" meaning wings. The modern English translation "nerve-wings" is appropriate because it alludes to the extensive branching found in the wing veins of most Neuroptera. They are predators of many pest insects, especially in larval stage.

Delicate as adults, the larvae are "aphid lions" with tong-like jaws that skewer prey and suck them dry. Eggs are laid on delicate stalks.

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