Osmylid Lacewings
Mantid Lacewing I
Mantid Lacewing II
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Brown Lacewings
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Citrus Mealybug Predator
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Green-black Dotted L'wing 
Green Large Lacewing
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Angular-wing Lacewing
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Family Nymphidae - Large Lacewings

Order Neuroptera 

This page contains pictures and information about Large Lacewings in family Nymphidae that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Photo by: Keith Power, Toowoomba   Larvae raised by :  Sue Ellis, Toowoomba  
Lacewing larvae just hatched.
Nymphidae is a small family. It is endemic to Australiasia. Comparing with other families, lacewings in this family are large in size. They have moniliform antennae and they are not clubbed. 
Blue Eyes Lacewing, Giant Orange Lacewing
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Nymphes myrmeleonides, body length 40mm
We found a lot of this Lacewing in Brisbane bushland in mid summer. They have a pair of transparent wings of about equal size. When flying, may be mistaken as dragonflies. But their wings are fold in tent shape whish is different from dragonflies and damselflies. They can also distinguished by their long antenna.  They lay white eggs arranged in 'U' shape on tree trunks or on fences. More information and pictures please click on here.
Diamond-banded Lacewing
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Norfolius howensis body length 25mm
This Lacewing is pale yellowish brown to ivory in colours, sometimes tinged with pale green. The eyes are dark grey to black. Antennae are pale yellowish green. Wings are clean with pterostigma bright pinkish red. On each abdomen segment there is the prominent dark red to black colour diamond-shaped mark. Please check this page for more information.
Green-black Dotted Lacewing
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Myiodactylus osmyloides, body length 20mm
This species is common in Brisbane. They are easily distinguished by the brightly coloured pterostigma, which are different colours on the two pairs of wings. Please check this page for more information. 
Green Large Lacewing
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Myiodactylus sp., adult body length 20mm            Larva length 10mm
We sometimes found this small lacewing attracted by window-light and rest nest our window glass. The second picture shows the flattened disc-like larva, which lies on the bottom side of a leaf, waiting for prey with jaws widely opened. More pictures and information can be found in this page 
1. Insects of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University Press, 2nd Edition 1991, pp 540.
2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus & Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p322. 
3. Wildlife of greater Brisbane - Queensland Museum, p99.
4. A revision of the Australian Nymphidae (Insecta: Neuroptera) - TR New 1981, Australian Journal of Zoology 29(5) 707 - 750

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Last updated: June 04, 2012.