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Species Micromus posticus

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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 Hemerobiidae (Brown Lacewings)
Subfamily Microminae
Genus Micromus
Species posticus (Micromus posticus)
Explanation of Names
Micromus posticus (Walker 1853)
Size
length to wingtip 7-9.5 mm(1)
Identification
Forewing with inner gradate veins separated by a distance less than or equal to their length.(1) Face lacking conspicuous markings.


Larva:
Range
Across NA north to QC-YT(2); most common member of the genus in much of our area
Season
Spring-fall (Mar-Dec in e. NC, Jul-Sep in NC mountains; Aug-Oct in MN)
Food
Larvae and adults feed on aphids
Remarks
Biology and immature stages described by Miller & Cave (1987).(3)
Works Cited
1.Life cycle and parasitism of Micromus posticus and M. subanticus in Florida
Selhime A.G., Kanavel R.F. 1968. Ann. Ent. Soc. Am. 61: 1212-1215.
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.Bionomics of Micromus posticus (Walker) (Neuroptera: Hemerobiidae) with descriptions of the immature stages
Gary L. Miller & Ronald D. Cave. 1987. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington 89(4): 776-789.