Length: Lacewing in photo 11 mm to wing apex
Ceraeochrysa (64 species) is primarily Neotropical, with a handful of species making it into the United States and one into Canada. In this genus the gena ("cheek") is unmarked; the scape (antennal base) has a red stripe or is red overall. Larvae construct a protective shield of sucked-dry prey and other detritus that they carry over their backs. The insect shown here is consistent with C. cubana, a common species found from Florida into tropical South America. Confident ID would require dissection of the genitalia, however.
Photo location: Mountain Pine Ridge, Belize.
Determined by Dr. Peter Duelli, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research, and Dr. Catherine Ann Tauber, professor emeritus, Cornell University.
American Insects site