Latin name: Neuroptera

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Description: Neuroptera is divided into three suborders:
– Planipennia (antlions, lacewings and their relatives)
– Megaloptera (alderflies and dobsonflies)
– Raphidiodea (snakeflies)1

In general, adults of the order Neuroptera have two pairs of membranous wings, with an extensive pattern of veins and cross-veins. At rest, their wings are folded flat over the abdomen, or held tent-like over the body.2

Pest/Disease & Gardening Limitations: Larvae of Megaloptera are important predators in aquatic ecosystems. They also serve as food for fish and other aquatic vertebrates. Lacewing larvae are beneficial as predators of agricultural pests (aphids, whiteflies and scale insects). Some species are reared and sold commercially as biocontrol agents.1


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