Green lacewing

Green lacewing

Observation - Green lacewing. Description: The commonest of the larger green lacewings (and the one that overwinters in sheds etc.) is Chrysoperla carnea, and one of its distinguishing features is the placement of vein RMCV in relation to cell IMC, as shown above. It's possible to examine this on

The commonest of the larger green lacewings (and the one that overwinters in sheds etc.) is Chrysoperla carnea, and one of its distinguishing features is the placement of vein RMCV in relation to cell IMC, as shown above. It's possible to examine this on live individuals, but you do need to be gentle! This one flew away when I'd finished photographing it so hopefully it wasn't too put out.

"Chrysoperla carnea" is considered to be an aggregate of several closely related and very similar species, and I'm not sure what the current thinking is about exactly how many species are involved and how they can be told apart, but at least the aggregate as a whole can be recognised.