Two lacewings feeding on moss

Net-winged insects

Net-winged insects are the lacewings and their relatives, the antlions, alderflies and snakeflies. They form a large and diverse order of insects that have large membranous wings. The adults have two pairs of similar sized wings that contain extensive branching of the wing veins. Lacewing larvae are effective predators of crop pests and can be used as a biological control.

Scientific name: Neuroptera

Rank: Order

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The Net-winged insects can be found in a number of locations including: Europe, North America, United Kingdom. Find out more about these places and what else lives there.

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