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For the United States & Canada

Genus Leucochrysa

Mega Lacewing - Leucochrysa insularis Egg mystery solved! - Leucochrysa insularis - female Slowly moving detritus with mandibles - Leucochrysa pavida Lacewing Larva with debris from below - Leucochrysa pavida Leucochrysa insularis Chrysopidae larva - Leucochrysa pavida green lacewing - Leucochrysa insularis Debris-carrying larva - Leucochrysa pavida
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Neuroptera (Antlions, Lacewings, and Allies)
Suborder Hemerobiiformia (Lacewings and Allies)
Family Chrysopidae (Green Lacewings)
Subfamily Chrysopinae (Typical Green Lacewings)
Tribe Leucochrysini
Genus Leucochrysa
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
NB: sometimes treated to include Nodita as a subgenus(1)
Explanation of Names
Leucochrysa MacLachlan 1868
from the Latin leuco-, after the Ancient Greek λευκός‎, ('white') + -chrysa (traditional element of generic names in this family)
from the genus Chrysopa, derived from the Latin chrys-, after the ancient Greek χρυσός‎, ('gold') + ōps ('face'), referring to the family's golden eyes
the world's largest chrysopid genus, with 7 spp. in 2 subgenera in our area(1)(2), ~200 total (Tauber et al. 2013)
2 spp. in the subgenus Leucochrysa (Leucochrysa)
5 spp. in the subgenus Leucochrysa (Nodita)
New World; in our area, e. US; AZ(1)
Works Cited
1.Species catalog of the Neuroptera, Megaloptera, and Raphidioptera of America North of Mexico
Penny N.D., Adams P.A., Stange L.A. 1997. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 50: 39-114.
2.A Systematic Review of the Genus Leucochrysa (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae) in the United States
Tauber CA. 2004. Annals of the Entomological Society of America: 97 (6): 1129-1158.