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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.