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Giant Orange Lacewing

Nymphes myrmeleonoides


One of the largest 'brown' lacewings known with a wingspan of 110mm and large dark blue eyes.
Wings are transparent with white tips and the body is narrow but broader near the tail.
Antennae are black with orange tips.


Attracted to bungalow light near midnight.


The species have a body length of up to 4 centimetres (1.6 in) and a wingspan of up to 11 cm (4.3 in)
The larvae of N. myrmeleonides resemble antlions and construct pit traps by burrowing into loose soil.
Also called 'Blue Eyes lacewing' another unusual feature with these animals is the way they lay their eggs each alternately angled and the whole pattern in a 'U' shape.
Eggs and hatchlings found here
Known range includes SE Queensland, NSW and Victoria.

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 months ago

Thanks Doc and Christine. Lucky to get a cooperative one.

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa a year ago

Great spotting Mark!

Christine Y.
Christine Y. a year ago

Beautiful details on this lacewing!

Victoria, Australia

Lat: -37.90, Long: 145.31

Spotted on Jan 25, 2018
Submitted on Jan 27, 2018

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