Identification, Images, & Information
For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada
Clickable Guide
Moths Butterflies Flies Caterpillars Flies Dragonflies Flies Mantids Cockroaches Bees and Wasps Walkingsticks Earwigs Ants Termites Hoppers and Kin Hoppers and Kin Beetles True Bugs Fleas Grasshoppers and Kin Ticks Spiders Scorpions Centipedes Millipedes

Upcoming Events

Spring 2021 gathering in Louisiana, April 28-May 2. Here's how to add your images.

National Moth Week 2020 photos of insects and people.

Photos of insects and people from the 2019 BugGuide Gathering in Louisiana, July 25-27

Discussion, insects and people from the 2018 gathering in Virginia, July 27-29

Photos of insects and people from the 2015 gathering in Wisconsin, July 10-12

Photos of insects and people from the 2014 gathering in Virginia, June 4-7.

Photos of insects and people from the 2013 gathering in Arizona, July 25-28

Photos of insects and people from the 2012 gathering in Alabama

Sympherobius occidentalis

Sympherobius occidentalis
Parkwood, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
June 1, 2006
Size: 6 mm
This tiny (6 mm from head to tip of wings, perhaps 4 mm body length), Brown Lacewing came to a lighted sheet. It was difficult to keep in focus.
Aha! (Note added 11/10/2006.) This looks very much like Sympherobius amiculus, shown in Marshall, photo 253.3 (1). There's a diagram of the wing here, and Sympherobius looks consistent with the photo above. The key states:
5'. Forewing with four or fewer outer gradate veins (figure 10); MP and MA connected by crossvein shortly after origin of former (figure 10)-->Sympherobius Banks.

I feel the overall look of the creature, especially the shape of the head, with mandibles pointing out in front, is close enough to Marshall's photo to assign to genus, at least. Wing venation looks consistent to my inexpert eye as well.
This is likely Sympherobius amiculus , since the North Carolina State University Collection lists 31 specimens of that species, and no others. Brimley (2) also noted this species from nearby Raleigh in June.
(See comments on identification.)

Moved from Sympherobius. Thanks, John!

#72242 Identification – Sympherobius occidentalis

Moved from Brown Lacewings.

Comment viewing options
Select your preferred way to display the comments and click 'Save settings' to activate your changes.