Other Common Names
Golden-eyed Lacewing, Golden-eyed Green Lacewing (often erroneously applied as a species common name)
These names may cause confusion that this species may be identified by eye color. This is far from the case. Globally, these names often are instead applied to any member of Chrysopidae.
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Select synonyms are included below. Many of the names have alternatively been represented as full species or as forms and varieties of Chrysopa oculata Say 1839.
Chrysopa oculata Say, 1839
Chrysopa chlorophana Burmeister, 1839
Chrysopa euryptera Burmeister, 1839
Chrysopa latipennis Schneider, 1851
Chrysopa albicornis Fitch, 1855
Chrysopa bipunctata Fitch, 1855
Chrysopa fulvibucca Fitch, 1855
Chrysopa illepida Fitch, 1855
Chrysopa mississippiensis Fitch, 1855
Chrysopa omikron Fitch, 1855
Chrysopa xanthocephala Fitch, 1855
Chrysopa transmarina Hagen, 1861
Nothochrysa annulata MacGillivray, 1894
Chrysopa assimilis Banks, 1899
Chrysopa mexicana Banks, 1901
Allochrysa annulata (MacGillivray, 1894)
Chrysopa separata Banks, 1911
Chrysopa rubicunda Navás, 1913
Cintameva chlorophana (Burmeister, 1839)
Cintameva oculata (Say, 1839)
Cintameva conspersa Navás, 1929
Chrysopa conspersa (Navás, 1929)
Leucochrysa (Leucochrysa) annulata (MacGillivray, 1894)
Explanation of Names
Chrysopa oculata Say 1839
= from the Latin oculus
meaning "eye" (apparently refers to the golden structural color
found throughout the family Chrysopidae)
can be distinguished from other species by the following combination of characters: the frons has a darkly coloured ring around the lower or lateral margin of the base of the antenna; the antennal bases have reddish markings above are not separated by an x-shaped mark as they are in C. chi
; on the antennae; the pedicel is dark and the basal third of the flagellum is pale; the vertex typically has four spots; there are small spots on the pronotum; the lateral groove of the vertex near the eye margin is completely pale without dark streaks as in C. pleuralis(1)
Left to right: C. oculata, C. chi, and C. pleuralis
most of NA(1)
; our commonest species of the genus
meadows with low vegetation, trees, fields(1)
most abundant in late summer(1)
Aphids, mites and soft-bodied arthropods.
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Third instar larvae generally overwinter as cocoons.
Valued as biological controls.
This and other members of the oculata group produce strong smelly substances. As a result, members of this group are sometimes referred to as "stinkflies".