Other Common Names
7 spp. in our area are known to have naked or non-debris-carrying larvae (6 for the entire genus)
1. Chrysoperla (all species)
2. Chrysopa (at the exclusion of C. slossonae)
3. Meleoma (all naked or nearly so)
4. Nacarina (single species)
5. Nineta (all species)
6. Pimachrysa (single species reared: P. fusca)
7. Plesiochrysa (single species)
Green lacewing larvae have tubercles with protruding setae (or hairs). Species that don't carry a debris packet have a longer, more slender abdomen, generally unhooked setae, and no long scoli (the spines associated with holding a debris packet).(1)
So far, the following naked green lacewing larvae on BugGuide have been identified past family:
See Green Lacewings
for general information on this family.
Debris-carrying green lacewing larvae
have a shorter, broader abdomen, hooked setae, and long scoli.
Brown lacewing larvae
lack tubercles with setae and have proportionally more slender, elongate bodies than any of the green lacewing larvae. They also have shorter mandibles.
Catherine Tauber, M.J. Tauber, & G.S. Albuquerque (2014). Debris-Carrying in Larval Chrysopidae: Unraveling Its Evolutionary History. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 107(2):295-314 (Full Text