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Banded Lacewing - Glenoleon pulchellus

Family Myrmeleontidae

This page contains pictures and information about Banded Antlions that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Banded Antlion - adult,  body length 40mm
This Lacewing species is common in Brisbane Eucalyptus forest. Their slender antennae is short and slightly clubbed, body is dark brown with creamy white markings. Eyes are grey to dark brown. Wings are clear with brown venation, with two board dark brown bands towards apex on hind wings. Legs are relatively thin. 
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We first found this adult lacewing during summer in Alexandra Hill bushland. There were quite a number of them in a small area. All of them were hiding under fallen tree or stem close to the ground. When disturbed they fly slowly away to another hiding place. Because of their camouflaged colour, they were difficult to spot if they do not move.
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They were also found in Mt Cotton bushland and Karawatha Forest. They were always found hiding on the bottom side of fallen plants materials. 
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This species is easily to be recognized by the two bands on hind-wings.  
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1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 541.
2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p323. 
3. Glenoleon pulchellus - Australian Insect Common Names, 2005, CSIRO.
4. Glenoleon pulchellus  - Australian Faunal Directory, Australian Biological Resources Study.
5. Wildlife of greater Brisbane - Queensland Museum, p100.
6. A revision of the Australian Myrmeleontidae (Insecta: Neuroptera). II. New, T.R. (1985) Dendroleontini. Aust. J. Zool. Suppl. 105: 1-170  

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