I saw this animal (probably insect) in my house in the Netherlands: enter image description here

enter image description here I have searched on the internet but was not able to find what this is, I first thought it was a kind of dragonfly, however there are only two wings which is not usual for a dragonfly. Any suggestions what this is?

  • $\begingroup$ I agree with the determination, though the picture is not this clear... Green lacewings have a good appetite for aphids and other plant parasites. I suggest you could try to rear and breed it, if you have several plants within your flat. Both larva and adults exert a regular and continuous control on phytoparasites, particularly Hemiptera... $\endgroup$ Dec 13, 2016 at 12:09

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It is an insect of family Chrysopidae under the order Neuroptera (net-winged insects). The insects of this family are commonly called Green lacewings.

Neuropterans have large lateral compound eyes, four wings and a generalised pattern of veins.

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(Source: Wikipedia)

Identifying morphological features:

Soft-bodied insects with copper-colored eyes, long thread-like antennae, and lacy wings.

Most species are green, but some are brown, especially overwintering adults of certain species

( Reference: Bugguide )

A similar family of lacewing, Hemerobiidae also exists which are brown, have rounded smaller wings and found throughout the world.

Here's a link to wikipedia showing the phylogeny of the Neuroptera as explored using mitochondrial DNA sequences: link .


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