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Genus Chrysopa - Stink Lacewings

Green Lacewing - Chrysopa oculata red fly? - Chrysopa Green Lacewing - Chrysopa oculata Goldeneye Lacewing Chrysopa oculata Head Detail - Chrysopa oculata IMG_8155 - Chrysopa oculata Hemerobiiformia - Chrysopa oculata Lacewing - Chrysopa oculata green lacewing - Chrysopa oculata
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 Chrysopini
Genus Chrysopa (Stink Lacewings)
Other Common Names
Stinkfly Lacewings
Stink Lacewings
Stinky Lacewings
Malodorous Lacewings
Explanation of Names
Chrysopa Leach in Brewster 1815
from the Latin chrys-, after the ancient Greek χρυσός‎, ('gold') + ōps ('face'), seemingly referring to the typically golden eyes found in green lacewings
used as the roots chrysop- and -chrysa for other members of its family
10 spp. in our area(1)(2), 12 in North America(3); ~53 spp. across the Holarctic(2)

1. Chrysopa chi Fitch, 1855 (across northern US, southern Canada)
2. Chrysopa coloradensis Banks, 1895 (western US, British Columbia)
3. Chrysopa excepta Banks, 1911 (western US, southwestern Canada)
4. Chrysopa incompleta Banks, 1911 (eastern US)
5. Chrysopa nigricornis Burmeister, 1839 (widespread with distinct eastern and western populations)
6. Chrysopa oculata Say, 1839 (widespread)
7. Chrysopa pleuralis Banks, 1911 (northwestern US, southwestern Canada)
8. Chrysopa quadripunctata Burmeister, 1839 (widespread in the eastern US, British Columbia)
9. Chrysopa slossonae Banks, 1924 (eastern US)
10. Chrysopa timberlakei Penny, Tauber & de Leon, 2000 (southwestern US)
Many species of Chrysopa are recognizable for their distinctive, often intricate, facial and body markings. Wing venation of C. nigricornis:
Holartic(3); throughout NA(1)
Key to North American species in (2)
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 new species of Chrysopa from western North America with a key to North American species (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae)
Penny ND, Tauber C., Leon, 2000. Annals of the Entomological Society of America, 93, 776–784.
3.Kymachrysa, a new genus of Nearctic green lacewings (Neuroptera, Chrysopidae, Chrysopini)
Tauber C.A., Garland J.A. 2014. ZooKeys 437: 87-108.