Subject: Spring fishfly or termite?
Location: Philadelphia suburbs
May 13, 2016 8:56 am
I found this little fellow on my (often damp) fireplace wall and panicked about termites. This 1920 stucco house has had its share in the past. But the long antennae don’t look like termites, and the wings look like a spring fishfly, which I learned about on your site.
What’s your take on this winged insect?
Signature: Deborah

Brown Lacewing

Brown Lacewing

Dear Deborah,
The Spring Fishfly is a much larger insect than your beneficial, predatory, Brown Lacewing.  You can compare your image to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults and larvae predaceous. Homopterans, such as aphids, are favorite prey.”

Thank you so much. I am normally not a fan of the predacious among us, but this one sounds very nice.
Deborah Fries

Location: PHiladelphia, Pennsylvania

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