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Lacewing (Order: Neuroptera) - Wiki
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Lacewing (Order: Neuroptera) - Wiki

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[Photo] Lacewing. Image copyleft: Image taken by Pollinator

The insect order Neuroptera, or net-winged insects, includes the lacewings, mantidflies, antlions, and their relatives (the group that was once known as the Planipennia). The order contains some 4000 species. Traditionally, the order also included alderflies, fishflies, dobsonflies, and snakeflies, but these are now generally considered to be separate orders (the Megaloptera and Raphidioptera). Sometimes the name Neuropteroidea (syn. Neuropterida) is used to refer to these three orders as a group.

The adults of this order possess four membranous wings, with the forewings and hindwings about the same size, and with many veins. They have chewing mouthparts, and undergo complete metamorphosis. Most are predatory, but a few exceptions occur.

Superfamily Coniopterygoidea
Family Coniopterygidae: dustywings
Superfamily Ithonioidea
Family Ithonidae: moth lacewings
Superfamily Hemerobioidea
Family Chrysopidae: green lacewings, stinkflies
Family Dilaridae: pleasing lacewings
Family Hemerobiidae: brown lacewings
Family Polystoechotidae: giant Lacewings
Family Psychopsidae
Superfamily Osmyloidea
Family Osmylidae
Family Neurorthidae
Family Sisyridae: spongillaflies
Superfamily Mantispoidea
Family Berothidae: beaded lacewings
Family Mantispidae: mantidflies
Superfamily Myrmeleontoidea
Family Palaeoleontidae
Family Ascalaphidae: ascalaphids, owlflies
Family Myrmeleontidae: ant-lions
Family Nemopteridae: spoonwings
Family Nymphidae
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