Category Archives: Neuroptera

lacewings, antlions

Green Lacewing Larva

This Green Lacewing larva (J: kusakagerou no youchuu) was crawling across our dining room table. I think it came into the house on some vegetables. As you can see, it’s covered in debris, presumably to protect itself. Lacewing larva such … Continue reading

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Ant Lions

I stumbled across these small pits in a sandy area within Uminonakamichi Seaside Park in Fukuoka. I guessed they were ant lion pits, so I dug one up and there it was, the perfect little hidden hunter. What a ferocious-looking … Continue reading

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Ant Lion adult

This adult ant lion had been attracted by the light of a signboard. I found another specimen not far from the first, but I’m not sure whether it is the same species (it looks a little different). Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae Glenuroides … Continue reading

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Green Lacewing

This lacewing was sitting in the deep shade under a tree – not ideal conditions for photography! I found a great site for the identification of Japanese lacewings: site here. I read some interesting information about the use of lacewing … Continue reading

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Antlion

Antlions (usubakagerou) are so called because their young prey on ants, which they catch by constructing pitfall traps in sandy soil, lying in wait at the bottom with their mandibles open. The adults feed on pollen and nectar. This one … Continue reading

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Owlfly

My first time to see one of these! I don’t think we have any owlflies in the UK, so it was exciting to find one. Owlflies look a bit like dragonflies but have long clubbed antennae, hence the name tsuno-tombo … Continue reading

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