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Family Berothidae - Beaded Lacewings

Beaded lacewing - Lomamyia Beaded lacewing - Lomamyia Beaded Lacewing, Lomamyia sp. - Lomamyia Lomamyia Lomamyia Lomamyia? - Lomamyia Lomamyia Brown Lacewing - Lomamyia
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Neuroptera (Antlions, Lacewings, and Allies)
Suborder Hemerobiiformia (Lacewings and Allies)
Family Berothidae (Beaded Lacewings)
Explanation of Names
Berothidae Handlirsch 1908
from Old World genus Berotha Walker 1860
Numbers
12 spp. in a single genus in our area(1), ~100 spp. in 22 genera total
Identification
Antenna shorter than forewing, with enlarged base and no club(2); forewing emarginate before apex in our spp.(3)
Life Cycle
Eggs stalked, laid on wood surfaces near termite nests. Larvae (of Lomamyia, at least) live with and prey on termites, using an immobilizing gas (containing an allomone) discharged from their anus(1)(4)(Johnson & Hagen 1981). Adults come to lights(4).
Print References
Aspock U. (1986) The present state of knowledge of the family Berothidae (Neuropteroidea: Planipennia). Recent Research in Neuropterology (Full text)
Johnson J.B., Hagen K.S. (1981) A neuropterous larva uses an allomone to attack termites. Nature 289: 506-507 (abstract)
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.A Dictionary of Entomology
George Gordh, David H. Headrick. 2003. CABI Publishing.
3.A Field Guide to Insects
Richard E. White, Donald J. Borror, Roger Tory Peterson. 1998. Houghton Mifflin Co.
4.Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects
Norman F. Johnson, Charles A. Triplehorn. 2004. Brooks Cole.