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Genus Wesmaelius

Brown lacewing type 1, 2:08pm - Wesmaelius Polystoechotes punctata maybe - Wesmaelius Hemerobiidae 7-06-11 01a - Wesmaelius Which Lacewing is this? - Wesmaelius Which Lacewing is this? - Wesmaelius Which Lacewing is this? - Wesmaelius Brown Lacewing - Wesmaelius Mt Lemmon lacewing a - Wesmaelius
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 Hemerobiidae (Brown Lacewings)
Subfamily Hemerobiinae
Genus Wesmaelius
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
Wesmaelius Kr├╝ger 1922
14 spp. in our area(1), ~60 total(2)
wings generally grayer, darker, and more clouded than in other brown lacewings, with large areas of dark shading, and several patches of black scaling along veins; side of head and thorax blackish, contrasting with pale top of head and thorax
Images of live adults:
W. disjunctus(3): 252.10
Larva and adult of the palearctic W. betulinus
Holarctic; in our area, northern and western, with one sp. (W. subnebulosus) restricted to the northeast (NS-ON-IN-NY), 4 boreal transcontinental spp. (incl. the Holarctic W. nervosus), and 8 western spp.(4)
on vegetation in forests and sagebrush habitats
larvae predaceous on soft-bodied insects such as aphids and scale insects
adults require prey for egg production but also eat pollen and nectar