Plesiochrysa brasiliensis

Brazilian Lacewing

Plesiochrysa brasiliensis, lacewing photo from French Guiana


Family: Chrysopidae

Subfamily: Chrysopinae

Tribe: Chrysopini

Length: most in tribe 10 - 14 mm body length


Plesiochrysa (>20 species in the world) have long and narrow wings, and 4 reddish spots on the pronotum.  These lacewings are found in the Neotropical, Australasian, and Oriental regions, and the genus is closely related to the Holarctic taxon ChrysopaP. brasiliensis (pictured) is a common species widespread in the Neotropics, and has been recorded as far north as Florida.  The predacious larvae change color several times during development.  The preferred habitat is forest.

Photo location: Montagne de Kaw, French Guiana.

Determined by Dr. Peter Duelli, Swiss Federal Institute for Forest, Snow and Landscape Research; Dr. Catherine Ann Tauber, professor emeritus, Cornell University; and Dr. Norm Penny, California Academy of Sciences.

Plesiochrysa brasiliensis, green lacewing image from Guyane (French Guiana)

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