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Subject: What’s that bug, Dallas, TX
Location: Carrollton, TX
February 12, 2015 5:26 pm
Hello bug enthusiast, me and my daughter caught this one on the mirror at home, it appears to have 6 legs, lacy wings, not overlapping when crawling, and antennas that are pretty long. The color is beige I guess. It’s middle february here is Dallas, Texas, and starting to get warm, pre-spring. It’s small, only the length of a finger width. Thank you, Anette
Signature: Anette and Sofia

Lacewing

Lacewing

Dear Anette and Sofia,
This is a predatory Lacewing (you got that description correct) and they are beneficial as both winged adults and larvae consume large quantities of Aphids and other small insects.  Some folks who are sensitive complain about receiving bites from both adults and larvae, and though there may be an itchy reaction, the bite is not considered dangerous.  Lacewings are often attracted to lights.

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Subject: Insect in Namibia
Location: Namibia
February 1, 2015 4:14 am
This insect was in the namib desert in Namibia :
https://goo.gl/maps/2OQMc
Thanks for your research !
Signature: A traveler

Antlion Larva we believe

Antlion Larva we believe

Dear A traveler,
According to our mailbox, we received at least 8 identification requests from you in rapid succession, and while we appreciate your enthusiasm at getting your critters identified, there is a dearth of information regarding the sightings except to indicate the country of Namibia and GPS coordinates.  We would love to have details about this desert sighting.  For example, did it wander into your tent, was it found lurking around your food, or was it dug up from the bottom of a pit it dug in the sand?  We believe this might be the larva of an Antlion, called a Doodlebug in North America, but there is not enough detail in your image to be certain.
  In the future, please try to provide us with valuable information on the sightings.

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Subject: Mystery Eggs – Australia
Location: Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia
January 17, 2015 11:50 pm
Hi Guys,
Found this under the awning on my back patio. Found another pic of this on this site from 2006 which hasn’t yet been identified (now 2015). Location – Coffs Harbour NSW.
Looks very similar to lacewing but in this odd configuration.
A fine hair/filament radiates outwards from each “node” and support the structure roughly 10mm from the surface. Another set of hairs support each “node” vertically, from surface to egg. Each filament looks as if it has “droplets” attached along the length, in the same way a spider leaves sticky drops along their sticky strands.
Please note, the eggs are solid white, with the filaments being transparent. All dark areas in the pictures should be considered shadows cast by the cameras flash.
Signature: Grey

Blue Eyed Lacewing Eggs

Blue Eyed Lacewing Eggs

Dear Grey,
Interestingly, the person who submitted those Neuropteran Eggs in 2006 was named Grev.  Your submission has led us to an identification of Blue Eyed Lacewing Eggs,
Nymphes myrmeleonides, thanks to Project Noah. There are also images on the University of Sydney Entomology page and the Brisbane Insect website.  The larvae of Lacewings are predators with ravenous appetites, and this type of egg configuration helps to ensure that the hatchlings do not devour one another as they must first climb away from the other eggs. 

Blue Eyed Lacewing Eggs

Blue Eyed Lacewing Eggs

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Subject: Yellow Dragonfly moth
Location: Woy Woy, New South Wales, Australia
January 7, 2015 4:12 am
This dragonfly looking insect flew in at about 9:30pm while very dark outside and was attracted to the light like a moth, however it looks much like a dragonfly. I’m living in the Central Coast about 1.5 hours north of Sydney.
Signature: Dean

Giant Orange Lacewing

Giant Orange Lacewing

Hi Dean,
We quickly identified your Neuropteran as a Giant Orange Lacewing or Blue Eyes Lacewing,
Nymphes myrmeleonides, on the Brisbane Insect website where it states:  “They have a pair of transparent wings of about equal size. When fly, they may be mistaken as dragonflies. But their wings are fold in tent shape whish dragonflies do not do. They can also distinguished by their long antenna.  Adult body is orange-brown in colour, with iridescent grey eyes. The moniliform antennae are black with pale apex. Legs are pale yellow. Their transparence wings are narrow with a white marking on the wing tips.”  According to OzAnimals:  “It is one of the largest lacewings with a body growing to about 4 cm long and wingspan of up to 11cm. Despite the large wings, they are not strong fliers.”

Giant Orange Lacewing

Giant Orange Lacewing

Hey there,  I just about 10 to 15 minutes ago submitted a photo post about a “dragonfly moth looking insect” however I’ve just been browsing online and have stumbled across the identification myself it being a “blue eyes lacewing”. So just letting to know thats one submission you dont have to worry about anymore. :)
Signature: Dean

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Subject: Identifying a “stick” insect
Location: Eastern Cape, South Africa
December 30, 2014 6:33 am
Hi
I recently found this insect in my garden and would love to identify it.
Latitude : -33.092624 | Longitude : 27.78924
2014/12/27 1:52 PM
Thank you!
Signature: Waldo

Owlfly

Owlfly

Hi Waldo,
This is not a Stick Insect, but rather, an Owlfly in the family Ascalaphidae.  We browsed iSpot and found this very similar looking individual that is only identified to the family level.

Hi Daniel
Thank you so much for taking the time to respond to my request.
Regards
Waldo

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Subject: ID help
Location: Arlington, TX
December 21, 2014 3:32 pm
Small insect about 3mm in length. Bit my arm and was painful but did not leave a welt. Found a second I my pant leg. Possibly picked up walking thru a leafy yard.
Signature: Lindsay

Lacewing Larva

Lacewing Larva

Dear Lindsay,
This is the larva of a Lacewing, commonly called an Aphid Wolf.  Both adult and larval Lacewings eat large quantities of small insects, including agricultural pests like Aphids, and they are considered beneficial.  Though Lacewing larvae occasionally bite humans, the bite produces no lasting effects, though itching and swelling may persist for several days.

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