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Genus Chrysoperla

Green Lacewing - Chrysoperla rufilabris Green lacewing with reddish-bordered pale dorsal stripe - Chrysoperla rufilabris Larva - Chrysoperla Green lacewing - Chrysoperla Green lacewing - Chrysoperla Green Lacewing - Chrysoperla Chrysoperla - Chrysoperla rufilabris Chrysoperla rufilabris - Chrysoperla
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 Chrysoperla
Explanation of Names
Chrysoperla Steinmann 1964
Numbers
8 spp. in our area(1), 3 spp. range into Canada(2); 10 in North America(3)
Identification
Chrysoperla: cell im not overlapped by cell r2; clypeus unmarked; clypeus unmarked apart from maybe directly adjacent to the genae; head generally either the body's base green, a pale green, or yellow-green in species that overlap Chrysopodes collaris

Chrysopodes: cell im distinctly overlapped by cell r2; clypeus with red lineations (sinistrodextral) as a highly unique trait; head and streak down the body normally distinctly white with very stark contrast to the main body color
Range
Worldwide and throughout NA(3)(1)
Habitat
Cotton, sweet corn, potatoes, cole crops, tomatoes, peppers, eggplants, asparagus, leafy greens, apples, strawberries, and other crops infested by aphids.
Food
Larvae are active predators of aphids and other species. Adults feed only on nectar, pollen, and aphid honeydew.
Remarks
"Chrysoperla carnea does not occur in North America. It is a European member of a sibling species complex that contains several other species in North America. Some of the members of this complex are only differentiable on the basis of 'songs' (abdominal tremulation patterns), and are not distinguishable on any known morphological grounds." (J.D. Oswald)
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