Giant Orange Lacewing

Nymphes myrmeleonoides

Identification

A large orange or orange-yellow lacewing with a body length of 25-30 mm and a wingspan of 70-90 mm. The antennae are less than half as long as the length of the wings and are threadlike and not thickened at the tips. The wings are transparent with pale markings at the tips.

This lacewing is found in coastal eastern Australia from northern Queensland south to Victoria and Tasmania. It prefers open forests and woodlands. Adults are attracted to lights and sometimes fly inside houses. Adult males emit a pungent, musky odour when they are handled. Females lay distinctive U-shaped groups of 30 - 40 white eggs. Often eggs are laid around houses and other buildings, especially beneath overhangs. Each egg is attached to the surface by a long thread. Every alternate egg is orientated at 90 degrees to the one before. The larvae are predators living in leaf litter. They are usually covered in debris that becomes entangled among the long hairs on their backs. The inner surfaces of their jaws have a single tooth.

Adult Adult

Eggs Eggs

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