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Genus Ceraeochrysa

Green Lacewing - Ceraeochrysa Green Lacewing - Ceraeochrysa green lacewing - Ceraeochrysa Ceraeochrysa lineaticornis? - Ceraeochrysa lineaticornis Green Lacewing - Ceraeochrysa Chrysopini - Ceraeochrysa lineaticornis Ceraeochrysa cincta Green lacewing on white - Ceraeochrysa lineaticornis
Classification
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 Ceraeochrysa
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Species were formerly placed in Chrysopa.
C. placita (Banks, 1908) is now accepted as Kymachrysa placita (Banks, 1908) and K. intacta (Navás, 1912)(1)
Explanation of Names
Ceraeochrysa Adams 1982
from the Latin cērae ('wax') + -chrysa (referring to green lacewings)
from the genus Chrysopa, derived from the Latin chrys-, after the ancient Greek χρυσός‎, ('gold') + ōps ('face'), referring to the family's golden eyes
Numbers
5 described spp. in our area(2)(1), 15 in North America(1), ~60 total. North American species (2):
Ceraeochrysa cincta (Schneider), 1851: FL
Ceraeochrysa cubana (Hagen), 1861: southeastern USA (VA, NC, FL)
Ceraeochrysa lineaticornis (Fitch), 1855: widespread eastern (Canada: BC, QC; United States: MA, NY, PA, TN, VA, FL, TN, KS, TX)
Ceraeochrysa smithi (Navas), 1914: FL
Ceraeochrysa valida (Banks), 1895: FL, TX
Identification
Ceraeochrysa in our area are noted for their unmarked gena; antennal scapes marked with 1 or more red, brown, or black lines (or else colored with homogeneous reddish pigment)(3); longer antennae; and lack of a darkened pterostigma.

Key to adults
The following key to species is adapted from Sosa-Duque & Tauber (2021) to apply to our 5 species(4).

1a. Scape and sockets entirely red ............................................................................................. smithi (Navas)
1b. Scape and sockets not entirely red ........................................................................................ 2

2a. Basal flagellar segments dark; scape with broad, dark dorsolateral stripe ................................... lineaticornis (Fitch)
2b. Basal flagellar segments pale; scape with red dorsal or dorsolateral stripe .................................. 3

3a. Scape with two dorsal stripes reaching the sockets .................................................................. cincta (Schneider)
3b. Scape with a single dorsolateral stripe not reaching the sockets ................................................ 4

4a. Maxillary palpi dark brown or black ....................................................................................... cubana (Hagen)
4b. Maxillary palpi pale, or at most amber yellow ......................................................................... valida (Banks)
Range
New World, largely Neotropical(1), but also most of NA(2)
Works Cited
1.Kymachrysa, a new genus of Nearctic green lacewings (Neuroptera, Chrysopidae, Chrysopini)
Tauber C.A., Garland J.A. 2014. ZooKeys 437: 87-108.
2.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.
3.The green lacewings of Florida (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae). 1. Genera
Stange L.A. 2000. Fla. Dept. Agric. & Consumer Serv., Division of Plant Industry, Entomology Circular No. 400.
4.The Neotropical green lacewing genus Ceraeochrysa Adams (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae)—new synonymies and combinations, a new speci
Francisco José Sosa-Duque and Catherine Tauber. 2021. Zootaxa 4970(1):1-52.