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Moth ? - Platystoechotes lineatus

Moth ? - Platystoechotes lineatus
Silver lake, Amador County, California, USA
June 21, 2008
Size: 1 1/4"
This bug landed on my husband in a forest about 7100 feet elevation . At first I thought that it was a Moth , but seeing it's semi-transparent wings and it's green eyes made me wonder . I saw this critter before coming upon the Cicada on a rock a few miles up trail . It flew away , but low to the ground and heavily . It's underbelly looked moth -like . I guess I liked it's sparkling green eyes , but all in all it was not a cute bug but rather a homely looking , possibly old individual . Thank you so much for any comments to further my buggie knowledge .

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Moth ? - Platystoechotes lineatus Moth ? - Platystoechotes lineatus

#192996 Identification – Platystoechotes lineata
Identification confirmed.

Moved from Giant Lacewings.

Also consider
Polystoechotidae (Giant Lacewings) (looks like a better guess!)

good eye !
Thanks for your great help as to what this fellow could be . I think you nailed it with the Giant Lacewing conclusion ... looks just like it . I would have never guessed that since I had only seen the much smaller variety with the golden eyes . Wow , so much to learn , thanks again , sincerely Beth

Platystoechotes lineatus
This is definitely Platystoechotes lineatus. It is the more robust and pubescent of the two species in California. Nice find! The larvae live in the soil, and just what they do down there is still a mystery. I have larvae, pupae and adult if anyone ever wants to work on these.

Thanks Dennis, we'll move it there.
By the way, we've picked up a number of new images on the Eulonchus page here if you would like to add some comments there!

I concur.
Great diagnosis, John! Great find, Beth, these are not seen very often. Lovely image, too.

Another Idea
maybe Trichoptera (Caddisflies)? Just a (bad?) guess.

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