Lacewings & Antlions – Neuroptera Pictures & Bio

Neuroptera means nerve wings; neuro = nerve, ptera = wings. Wings of these insects are constructed with an elaborate network of supporting veins.

Neuroptera are sometimes split into the three separate orders of Megaloptera, Raphidiodea and Neuroptera. Neuroptera groups include alderflies, donsonflies, fishflies, mantidflies, lacewings, antlions and owlflies.


Although the dobsonfly spends several years as a larval hellgrammite, the adult enjoys only a brief couple of days as a terrestrial adult. Read More