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Family Dilaridae - Pleasing Lacewings

Pleasing Lacewing - Nallachius americanus - male unknown moth? - Nallachius americanus Pleasing Lacewing? - Nallachius americanus Pleasing Lacewing - Nallachius americanus - male Pleasing Lacewing - Nallachius americanus - male  Pleasing Lacewing - Nallachius americanus - male Nallachius pulchellus Dilaridae - Nallachius americanus
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 Dilaridae (Pleasing Lacewings)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Dilaridae Newman 1853
Explanation of Names
From Old World genus Dilar Rambur, 1838. That genus was named after the Dílar region of Spain (1). Oswald (1998) gives origin:
From Dilar, a river flowing west from the western edge of the Sierra Nevada (mountains) of southern Spain,...
2 spp. of a single genus in our area(2), >70 spp. in 4 genera worldwide(3)
Adults resemble small brown moths: wings rounded, hairy, (and in Nallachius americanus, transparent except for many light brown spots, a number of which coalesce to form irregular bands across the wing); costal cross veins of wings not forked; male antennae pectinate; female ovipositor long, recurved over abdomen. Wing venation:
Larvae very elongate.
one widely distributed sp. (se. US to TX north to MI) and one restricted to AZ(2)
Larvae live under bark; adults come to lights
adults from May to at least July
larvae are presumed to feed on beetles (esp. eggs, larvae) under bark
rarely seen or collected
Relationships to other neuropteran families discussed in(4)
Print References
Carpenter, F.M., 1947. Taxonomic Notes on the Dilaridae (Neuroptera). Psyche 54: 100-109 (html, PDF)
Oswald, J. D., 1998. Annotated Catalogue of the Dilaridae (Insecta: Neuroptera) of the World. – Tijdschrift voor Entomologie 141: 115-128. [ISSN 0040-7496] (PDF).
Internet References
presence in Virginia; citation of article by T.P. Kuhar, 1995 (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State U.)
presence in Texas; list (John Oswald, Texas A&M U.)
presence in Michigan; list (U. of Michigan)
Dilaridae Key--Lacewing Digital Library (developer version--preliminary?)