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Family Hemerobiidae - Brown Lacewings

Long-necked Hemerobiid - Megalomus carpenteri Brown Lacewing - September 12 - Hemerobius humulinus My, what big jaws you have! Brown Lacewing - Hemerobius stigma Diptera? - Hemerobius Lacewing April 28 - Micromus variegatus Trichoptera?--no, brown lacewing - Micromus subanticus Eremochrysa? - Hemerobius
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Neuroptera (Antlions, Owlflies, Lacewings, Mantidflies and Allies)
Suborder Hemerobiiformia (Lacewings, Mantidflies and Allies)
Family Hemerobiidae (Brown Lacewings)
Explanation of Names
Hemerobiidae Latreille 1802
Numbers
>60 spp. in 6 genera in our area(1), 10 spp. in 4 genera in FL(2), >600 spp. in ~30 genera worldwide(3)(4) arranged into 10 subfamilies
Size
6-15 mm
Identification
Similar to Green Lacewings (Chrysopidae) but usually brown, smaller, wings usually more rounded, with membrane covered with small hairs and two or more radial sector veins(5)
Wing venation:
      Hemerobius       |     Sympherobius   |     Megalomus


Some Chrysopidae have a tan overwintering form, but wing venation is different:

keys to species in(6)[NA] (7)[FL]
Range
worldwide & throughout North America (more diverse in the west)
Habitat
Woodlands
Season
Spring to fall, into winter in south.
Food
Adults and larvae predaceous. Homopterans, such as aphids, are favorite prey.
Life Cycle
Females attach eggs directly to leaves (not on stalks as the Chrysopidae). Larvae do not carry debris on their backs.
Internet References
Fact sheet (MacLeod & Stange 2001-2011)[Cite:185010]