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Species Chrysoperla rufilabris - Red-lipped Green Lacewing

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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)
Species rufilabris (Red-lipped Green Lacewing)
Explanation of Names
Chrysoperla rufilabris (Burmeister 1839)
rufilabris = from the Latin rūfi ('red') + lābrīs ('lip or edge')
Adults of C. rufilabris are distinguished by their near-entirely red genae ('cheeks'), black cross veins, and pointed hind wingtips.

Because they overwinter as adults (unlike our other members of the pudica group), they turn brown during the colder months. This trait is otherwise shared by several members of the carnea group.

Larvae of C. rufilabris are distinguished by having two dark stripes on the head capsule, three pairs of prominent white spots on the thorax, often with the hindmost pair connected by a slight band, and otherwise largely dark body color lacking pale markings through the middle of the abdomen. The legs are often black, unlike in allies.(1)
e. NA (NS-MB south to FL & TX)(2)

Canada: NB, ON; United States: DC, FL, GA, IN, KS, LA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, TN, TX, VA, WI(3)
flies in Canada June 9 to mid-September(2)
Life Cycle
C. rufilabris overwinter as adults, turning tan to brown at about the same time that deciduous trees start to lose their leaves.
See Also
Both C. comanche and C. harrisii specimens have been mistaken as C. rufilabris. Both species, however, lack the black cross-veins particular to C. rufilabris. Texas is the only state where all 3 species occur.

C. comanche occurs in the desert southwest, where it's the only member of the pudica-group to occur (though also extends into Texas).

C. harrisii occurs in the eastern US with broad overlap with C. rufilabris. In addition to the wing venation, this species is noted for the brown spots at the anterior corners of the prothotax.
Works Cited
1.Systematics of North American chrysopid larvae: Chrysopa carnea group (Neuroptera)
Catherine A. Tauber. 1974. The Canadian Entomologist 106(11).
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.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.