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Species Chrysopa oculata - Golden-eyed Lacewing

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Neuroptera (Antlions, Owlflies, Lacewings, Mantidflies and Allies)
Suborder Hemerobiiformia (Lacewings, Mantidflies and Allies)
Family Chrysopidae (Green Lacewings)
Subfamily Chrysopinae
Tribe Chrysopini
Genus Chrysopa
Species oculata (Golden-eyed Lacewing)
Explanation of Names
Chrysopa oculata Say 1839
Identification
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 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; there are small spots on the pronotum; the lateral groove of the vertex near the eye margin is completely pale(1)
Range
most of NA(1); our commonest species of the genus
Habitat
meadows with low vegetation, trees, fields(1)
Season
most abundant in late summer(1)
Food
Aphids, mites and soft-bodied arthropods.
Life Cycle
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Third instar larvae generally overwinter as cocoons.
Remarks
Valued as biological controls.
This and other members of the oculata group produce strong smelly substances.
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