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The beaded lacewings, Berothidae, are a family of winged insects of the order Neuroptera. The family was first named by Anton Handlirsch in 1906.[1]

Berothidae is very closely related to the thorny lacewings which are often included in the Berothidae as subfamily "Rhachiberothinae" but occasionally are considered the distinct family Rhachiberothidae or included as a subfamily in the mantidflies.[1] Mantidflies, family Mantispidae, are another group of rather close relatives, and at least some of the probably paraphyletic group of fossil forms collectively called "Mesithonidae" also seem to be quite close.[citation needed] The family consists of 22 genera and 100 living species distributed discontinuously world wide with most being subtropical to tropical.[1] Eleven extinct genera with a total of thirteen species have been described from the fossil record. [1]


The peculiar genus Lomamyia cannot be robustly assigned to any one subfamily. In addition, a considerable fossil diversity of beaded lacewings is known from the Late Jurassic onwards, containing numerous genera which are likewise basal or incertae sedis:


  1. ^ a b c d Archibald, S.B.; Makarkin, V.N. (2004). "New genus of minute Berothidae (Neuroptera) from Early Eocene amber of British Columbia". The Canadian Entomologist 136 (1): 61–76. doi:10.4039/n03-043. 


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