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  Insects of Coal Oil Point > Guide > Neuroptera - Lacewings & Dustywings

Neuroptera - Lacewings and Dustywings

Neuroptera is a common but not very diverse order of insects. They are distinguishable by their densely veined membranous wings, giving the appearance of "lace." Most species are voracious predators, typically preying on plant pest insects such as aphids. Because of this, some neuropterans have been successfully used in the biological control of crop pests.

We have found two species of lacewings and one species of dustywing at Coal Oil Point.

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Coniopterygidae - Dustywings

Hemerobiidae - Brown Lacewings

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