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Species Nallachius americanus

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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 Dilaridae (Pleasing Lacewings)
Genus Nallachius
Species americanus (Nallachius americanus)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dilar americana
Explanation of Names
Nallachius americanus (McLachlan 1881)
wingspan 7-8 mm, body 3 mm
Adults resemble small brown moths: wings rounded, hairy, transparent except for dark veins and many light brown spots, a number of which coalesce to form irregular bands across the wing; male antennae pectinate; female ovipositor long, recurved over abdomen. Wing venation:
"Very weak flyer, moving its wings in slow, floppy butterfly manner." (comment by Jim Barrett). Larvae very elongate, and live under bark.
e. US (MD-MI south to FL-TX)(1)
larvae under bark; adults come to lights
larvae are presumed to feed on beetles
See Also
adults look similar to some small brown geometrid moths but the "ground color" of the wings is transparent
Print References
Carpenter F.M. (1947) Taxonomic notes on the Dilaridae (Neuroptera). Psyche 54:100-109 (Full text)