small(approx 10mm body) thin insect. long antennae, shiny green eyes, clear wings prominent veins, darker panel (pterostigma?) on front edge.
No interactions present.
I'm getting confused with whether this is a "brown lacewing" Hemerobiidae, or a brown "green lacewing" Chrysopidae.
Hi Tim - its most likely a green lacewing as Chrysoperla carnea goes brown in the winter - I have had two here in Bedfordshire recently and they keyed out to this species.
Joint Macro-moth recorder for Bedfordshire, VC30
I'm more confused now. I sort of understood that the green lacewing group included brown ones, but didn't expect them to change colour.
What key do you use?
Chryosperla carnea is a member of the family Chrysopidae - the green lacewings. The brown lacewings are in a seperate family, the Hemerobiidae.
The irony is that Chryosperla carnea turns brown for the winter (the only green lacewing to do)...
The key I am using is an AIDGAP key published by the Field Studies council. It is "A Key to the adults of British Lacewings and their allies" by Colin W. Plant. It's code no 245 at http://www.field-studies-council.org/publications/aidgap.aspx
Thanks to you all.
Lat/Lng: 52.7, 1.5
OS grid ref: TG4120