Lacewing Development

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Scientific Name: Nymphes myrmeleonides Leach 1814

Lacewings (Order Neuroptera) get their name from the complex venation on their large, membranous wings. They have a holometabolic life cycle, i.e. there are four stages: an egg, a larval, a pupal and an adult stage.

Nymphes myrmeleonides is a relatively large species of lacewing and has a wingspan of about 11cm, with each wing bearing a whitened tip (photo 1). The females of this species lay their eggs in a U-shaped chain (photo 2). The larvae are predators of other insects (photo 3) and live in leaf litter.

Photos courtesy of Keith Power, Toowoomba, Qld.