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Hemerobioidea

(Superfamily)

Overview

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A Superfamily in the Kingdom Animalia.

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Taxonomy

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The Superfamily Hemerobioidea is further organized into finer groupings including:

Families

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Chrysopidae

Green lacewings are insects in the large family Chrysopidae of the order Neuroptera. There are about 85 genera and (differing between sources) 1,300?2,000 species in this widespread group. Members of the genera Chrysopa and Chrysoperla are very common in North America and Europe; they are very similar and many of their species have been moved from one genus to the other time and again, and in the non-scientific literature assignment to Chrysopa and Chrysoperla can rarely be relied upon. Since they are the most familiar neuropterids to many people, they are often simply called "lacewings". But actually most of the diversity of Neuroptera are properly referred to as some sort of "lacewing", so common lacewings is preferable. [more]

Hemerobiidae

Hemerobiidae is a family of Neuropteran insects commonly known as brown lacewings. These insects differ from the somewhat similar Chrysopidae (green lacewings) not only by the usual coloring but by the wing venation: hemerobiids having numerous long veins lacking in chrysopids. Some of the costal cross veins are forked, unlike in green lacewings. Imagines of subfamily mimic dead leaves. Hemerobiid larvae are usually less hairy than chrysopid larvae. [more]

At least 623 species and subspecies belong to the Family Hemerobiidae.

More info about the Family Hemerobiidae may be found here.

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Last Revised: October 03, 2013
2013/10/03 18:14:21