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.
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.”
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. 🙂