Minnesota Antlions, Owlflies, Lacewings,
and Mantidflies

 
Order Neuroptera

Neuroptera is an order of insects that includes antlions, owlflies, dusty wings, lacewings, and mantidflies. They are characterized by soft bodies; four membraneous wings; forewings and hindwings about the same size and shape; no abdominal sensory organs (cerci); mouthparts optimized for chewing; and development through four distinct stages (complete metamorphosis). The larvae have long, sickle-shaped mandibles adapted for piercing a prey’s body and sucking out the juices.

The classification of Neuroptera is not completely resolved. Until recently, the order Neuroptera included alderflies, dobsonflies, fishflies, and snakeflies. These are now treated as three separate orders. There are 37 families currently recognized, 14 of which are known from fossil records only. At least 7 families are found in Minnesota. There are 4,670 surviving species worldwide. Depending on the source, there are 338 (BugGuide,net), 353 (Cedar Creek Insects), or about 400 (Species catalog of the Neuroptera, Megaloptera, and Raphidioptera of America North of Mexico; Penny N.D., Adams P.A., Stange L.A. 1997) species in North America north of Mexico.


common green lacewing

 

 

 

 

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Common green lacewing
  common green lacewing

Common green lacewing (Chrysoperla carnea) is a very common, medium-sized, net-winged insect. It occurs in Europe, Asia, North Africa, and North and South America. True to its common name, it is the most common green lacewing (family Chrysopidae).

Adults have a long, slender, pale green body, long antennae, gold or copper-colored eyes, and transparent wings with a network of pale green veins. They are not predacious, feeding on flower nectar and pollen and on aphid honeydew. They are active at night and are attracted to lights. They may emit an unpleasant odor when handled.

Larvae are alligator-like in appearance. They have long, sickle-shaped mandibles and well-developed legs which allow them to move quickly. They are predacious, feeding mostly on aphids but also on many other insect adults, larvae, and eggs.

 
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antlion (Brachynemurus abdominalis)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

common green lacewing

     

antlion (Brachynemurus nebulosus)

 
     

antlion (Brachynemurus signatus)

 
     

antlion (Myrmeleon immaculatus)

 
     

antlion (Scotoleon nigrilabris)

 
     

brown lacewing (Hemerobius stigma)

 
     

brown lacewing (Micromus posticus)

 
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common green lacewing (Chrysoperla carnea)

 
     

dustywing (Coniopteryx vicina)

 
     

dustywing (Conwentzia hageni)

 
     

dustywing (Malacomyza westwoodi)

 
     

four-spotted santisfly (Dicromantispa interrupta)

 
     

giant lacewing (Polystoechotes punctata)

 
     

golden-eyed lacewing (Chrysopa oculata)

 
     

green lacewing (Chrysopa bipunctata)

 
     

green lacewing (Chrysopa carei)

 
     

green lacewing (Chrysopa chi)

 
     

green lacewing (Chrysopa chlorophana)

 
     

green lacewing (Chrysopa illepida)

 
     

green lacewing (Chrysopa lineaticornis)

 
     

green lacewing (Chrysopa majuscula)

 
     

green lacewing (Chrysopa nigricornis)

 
     

green lacewing (Chrysopa separata)

 
     

green lacewing (Chrysopa xanthocephala)

 
     

green lacewing (Meleoma signoretti)

 
     

humulin brown lacewing (Hemerobius humulinus)

 
     

mantidfly (Dicromantispa sayi)

 
     

spongillafly (Climacia areolaris)

 
     

spotted-winged antlion (Dendroleon obsoletus)

 
     

wasp mantidfly (Climaciella brunnea)

 
     

 

   

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