bee or butterfly? (neuroptera or lepidoptera?)
Thu, Nov 6, 2008 at 4:53 AM
we photographed this fairy like bug in a forest near Izmir Turkey. it is not a strong flyer. only seen on spring time. head and legs look like a bee, but it has beautiful wings like a butterfly. is it a known specie?
aegean sea coast, west anatolia, izmir, turkey
This is a Ribbon Winged Lacewing in the family Nemopteridae and the order of Neuropterans. We have no idea what the species is and a cursory search did not show any matching images online. Ribbon Winged Lacewings are also commonly called Thread Winged Lacewings, Spoon Winged Lacewings, or Thread Winged Antlions. Your photos are quite lovely and they have jumped the queue of letters that arrived November 5.