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
Forewing with four or fewer outer gradate veins (figure 10
); MP and MA connected by crossvein shortly after origin of former (figure 10
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.)