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Family Polystoechotidae - Giant Lacewings

Polystoechotes punctata 7.17.09 01 - Polystoechotes punctata Giant Lacewing - Polystoechotes punctata Multiple P. punctata at Bass Lake, CA - Polystoechotes punctata Giant Lacewing - Polystoechotes punctata Giant Lacewing - Polystoechotes punctata Giant Lacewing? - Polystoechotes punctata Polystoechotes punctata? - Polystoechotes punctata unknown - Polystoechotes punctata
Classification
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 Polystoechotidae (Giant Lacewings)
Numbers
2 spp. in 2 genera in our area(1); 4 spp. in 3 genera worldwide(2)
Size
Length to over 50 mm
Identification
Wing venation of Polystoechotes punctata:
  
Range
New World: Platystoechotes lineatus is known from CA, Polystoechotes punctatus, from so. Canada to Panama; the two remaining spp. of the family are known from Chile only(2)
Life Cycle
poorly known
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Rediscovery of Polystoechotes gazullai Navás (Neuroptera: Polystoechotidae)
J.D. Oswald. 1998. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 100(3): 389-394.