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Dilaridae - Nallachius americanus

Dilaridae - Nallachius americanus
Vermilion river observatory, Vermilion County, Illinois, USA
May 1, 2013
Found on a tree trunk early in the morning while hanging intercept traps.I apologize for the bad photo, I recently pinned this from my freezer.

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Dilaridae - Nallachius americanus Dilaridae - Nallachius americanus

Moved from ID Request.

State record
Was this a state record for Illinois on bug guide?

Yes, only current state record from Illinois on BugGuide!
Which is very nice! Though this rare lacewing has been recorded from Illinois before, see 4th item under "Internet References" on the info page.

Based on the 2nd image, I'm thinking this is a female...from vague impression of filiform antennae (and perhaps an ovipositor...i.e. a linear-looking sliver veering towards posterior angle of its right hind wing?)

PS: Regret to say, but the photos are pretty bad :-) The specimen appears rather damaged; overexposure washes out detail; and focus is mostly wanting. Any chance you might be able to redo and replace these photos? With one image rendering wing venation more clearly? (Giving priority to less damaged left fore-wing, which could provide a more air-tight diagnostic for species ID.) And another showing antennae (and perhaps ovipositor?) more clearly? Framing the image so those items are in the same focal plane may be tricky, but perhaps do-able?

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