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Genus Sisyra

Spongefly - Sisyra vicaria Spongillafly - Sisyra vicaria Spongillafly? - Sisyra vicaria Brown Lacewing or Spongillafly? - Sisyra vicaria Brown Lacewing - Sisyra apicalis Spongillafly IMG_6208 - Sisyra vicaria Sisyra - Sisyra vicaria My first spongillafly! - Sisyra vicaria
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Neuroptera (Antlions, Lacewings, and Allies)
Suborder Hemerobiiformia (Lacewings and Allies)
Family Sisyridae (Spongilla Lacewings)
Genus Sisyra
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Sisyra Burmeister 1839
Explanation of Names
Apparently from Greek: sisyra (σισυρα) 'goats-hair cloak' or sisyrna (σισυρνα) 'garment of skin'(1)
3 spp. in our area(2)
6-8 mm(3)
Wing venation

Keys to larvae and adults in Bowles (2006).(4)
most of our area, as follows(5):
S. apicalis se. US (GA-FL-TX) south to Brazil, West Indies
S. nigra (=fuscata) so. Canada and n. US; w. Palaearctic
S. vicaria so. Canada and the US
See Also
Sympherobius spp.