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Lacewing

Observed: 4th November 2009 By: tootsietimtootsietim’s reputation in Invertebratestootsietim’s reputation in Invertebratestootsietim’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

small(approx 10mm body) thin insect. long antennae, shiny green eyes, clear wings prominent veins, darker panel (pterostigma?) on front edge.

Identifications
Species interactions

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tootsietim's picture

Green or brown?

I'm getting confused with whether this is a "brown lacewing" Hemerobiidae, or a brown "green lacewing" Chrysopidae.

AndyBanthorpe's picture

Its Green!

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.

Andy Banthorpe
Joint Macro-moth recorder for Bedfordshire, VC30
www.vc30moths.org.uk

tootsietim's picture

Green lacewings turning brown?

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?

charlieb's picture

Chryosperla carnea is a

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)...

AndyBanthorpe's picture

Lacewing ID key

Hi Tim,
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

Andy Banthorpe
Joint Macro-moth recorder for Bedfordshire, VC30
www.vc30moths.org.uk

tootsietim's picture

Thanks to you all.

Thanks to you all.