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These little ones aren't playing choo choo - Chrysoperla comanche Green Lacewing - Chrysoperla Green Lacewing - Chrysoperla harrisii Green Lacewing - Chrysoperla rufilabris small but fast - Chrysoperla rufilabris unknown insect - Chrysoperla rufilabris green lacewing - Chrysoperla rufilabris Lacewing larva - Chrysoperla comanche
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 Chrysoperla (Common Green Lacewings)
No Taxon pudica-group
4 spp. in our area(1), 2 range into Canada(1)(2):
1. C. comanche (southwestern, United States: AZ, CA, CO, NM, TX)(1)
2. C. externa (southeastern, United States: FL, SC, TX)(1)
3. C. harrisii (eastern, Canada: ON; United States: DC, IN, KS, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NH, NJ, NY, TN, TX, WI)(1)
4. C. rufilabris (widespread eastern, Canada: NB, ON, United States: DC, FL, GA, IN, KS, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TN, TX, VA, WI)(1)
Our members of the pudica-group are noted for their pointed hind wingtips and single stripe on the genae instead of two as in the carnea-group. Species identification is often more possible than in the carnea group due to different coloration (including the wing cross-veins or gradates). Traits of coloration between the species are as follows:(3)

1. C. comanche: broad red stripe on genae, sometimes red marks behind eyes, sometimes middle black spot on pronotum, vein gradates green but sometimes with gray inner gradates
2. C. externa: often narrower red stripe on genae, red mark behind eyes, usually lateral red stripes on the pronotum, green vein gradates
3. C. harrisii: broad red stripe on genae, broad red marks behind eyes, pronotum corner each with anterior brown spot, wing venation entirely green
4. C. rufilabris: extensively red genae, ofted red marks behind eyes, black vein gradates and cross-veins

Left to right: C. comanche, C. externa, C. harrisii, and C. rufilabris
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.Chrysopidae of Canada and Alaska (Ins., Neuroptera): revised checklist, new and noteworthy records,and geo-referenced localities
Garland J.A., Kevan D.K. Mce. 2007. Zootaxa 1486: 1–84.
3.A taxonomic review of the common green lacewing genus Chrysoperla
Brooks SJ. 1994. Bull. Br. nat. Hist. (Ent.) 63(2): 137-210 .