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Dead Leaf Lacewing

Drepanepteryx sp.


This little Dead Leaf Lacewing is a member of the Neuropteran Family Hemerobiidae. These have an interesting behavior not seen in the more commonly known Lacewings. It drops its head and thorax down flat against the base of the wings, making it look headless and more leaf-like. It does this at rest and when frightened or disturbed (pictures 1-3). When the head is extended, it then looks more like a Lacewing (pictures 4-6). These are predatory in both larval and adult stages, especially on aphids. This species is small, at 6 mm in length.


Found near a light at night, semi-rural residential area, San Cristobal de Las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico, 2,200 meters.


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San Cristóbal, Chiapas, Mexico

Spotted on Mar 19, 2019
Submitted on Mar 21, 2019

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