The Neuroptera, or net-winged insects, include the lacewings, antlions, owlflies, mantidflies, and their relatives. With around 6000 species, this is one of the smaller orders of holometabolous insects (insects with complete metamorphosis). Both adults and larvae are usually terrestrial predators of small arthropods like aphids, ants, and mites. Adult Neuroptera are medium-sized to large, soft-bodied insects with four delicate membranous wings. Neuropteran larvae are active predators with large mandibles that are greatly modified for piercing and sucking. The larvae of some groups feed on agricultural and garden pests and are sold commercially as biological control agents.
- Borror, D. J., C. A. Triplehorn, and N. F. Johnson. 1989. An Introduction to the Study of Insects. Sixth Edition. Saunders College Publishing, Philadelphia.
- Grimaldi, David & Michael S. Engel (2005). Evolution of the Insects. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 0-521-82149-5.
- Tauber, Catherine A., Maurice J. Tauber, and Gilberto S. Albuquerque. 2003. Ephemeroptera (Mayflies). Pages 721-729 in Encyclopedia of Insects, V. H. Resh and R. T. Cardé, eds. Academic Press, New York.
larva of Neuroptera is predator of larva of Gastrophysa viridula
Animal / predator
larva of Neuroptera is predator of Aphididae
Based on studies in:
Puerto Rico, El Verde (Rainforest)
This list may not be complete but is based on published studies.
- Waide RB, Reagan WB (eds) (1996) The food web of a tropical rainforest. University of Chicago Press, Chicago
Molecular Biology and Genetics
Statistics of barcoding coverage
Specimens with Sequences:5712
Specimens with Barcodes:5177
Species With Barcodes:282
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