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Lacewings Antlions and Relatives: Neuroptera

Physical Characteristics, Habitat, Diet, Behavior And Reproduction, Green Lacewing (mallada Albofascialis): Species AccountsGEOGRAPHIC RANGE, NEUROPTERANS AND PEOPLE, CONSERVATION STATUS

GREEN LACEWING (Mallada albofascialis): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
MOTH LACEWING (Megalithone tillyardi): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
MANTID LACEWING (Euclimacia torquata): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
ANTLION (Myrmeleon formicarius): SPECIES ACCOUNTS
SPOONWING LACEWING (Nemoptera sinuata): SPECIES ACCOUNTS

Neuropterans live on all continents except Antarctica. There are about six thousand species of neuropterans worldwide, with four hundred found in the United States and Canada.

The larvae of both green and brown lacewings are known as aphidlions, and they prey on pests in a variety of garden, greenhouse, and agricultural situations. They are sold to gardeners and farmers as eggs. The adults are also reared by the thousands and released among various crops to control insect and mite pests.

No species of neuroptera are endangered or threatened. Since many species are known to be from very small geographical areas, they are especially vulnerable to habitat destruction due to human activities. Several countries, states, and provinces list species of neuroptera that are considered rare or possibly threatened with extinction.

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