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Common names:Antlion, Doodlebug, Nerve-winged insect
Scientific name: Hesperoleon abdominalis
Region: This lacewing is found in various species throughout North America.
Life cycle: This insect produces only one generation each year and may require up to two years completing its life cycle. This insect is a lacewing and overwinters in the egg and larvae stages in sand.
Physical Description: This 1 1/2 inch long, lacewing is dark brown with some yellow behind its head, and has long membranous wings and clubbed antennae. The larva is brown, or sometimes gray, large abdomen and a thin thorax and head. It is characterized by its walking backwards.
Feeding characteristics: The larvae feeds on ants and other small insects that it can trap.
Controls: No controls are necessary.
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