Name That Animal

This is just for fun and the only rule is:  no researching.  Post your guesses in the comments.  Reading other people’s answers before posting your own is a hanging offense optional.  Answer will be posted in the comments tomorrow.

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  1. Adrianne Mock

     /  December 11, 2014

    lacewing (I think). The front legs are wrong for a mantis…

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  2. I’m thinking a “lacewing” buggy-thingy too. COOL and pretty!

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  3. mikken

     /  December 11, 2014

    Lacewing! We had these with ruby eyes hanging out on the screen door at night when I was a kid…

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  4. Eucritta

     /  December 11, 2014

    Lacewing. I think it’s the common lacewing.

    I used to see lots of these years ago, but now not so much. Now, we get far more mayflies than lacewings. I’ve no idea why.

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  5. Lacewing. :)

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  6. ANSWER TIME

    This is a green lacewing. From this animal’s Wiki entry:

    Green lacewings are insects in the large family Chrysopidae of the orderNeuroptera.
    […]
    Adults have tympanal organs at the forewings’ base, enabling them to hear well. Some Chrysopa show evasive behavior when they hear a bat’s ultrasound calls: when in flight, they close their wings (making their echolocational signature smaller) and drop down to the ground. Green lacewings also use substrate or body vibrations as a form of communication between themselves, especially during courtship. Species which are nearly identical morphologically may sometimes be separated more easily based on their mating signals. For example the southern European Chrysoperla mediterranea looks almost identical to its northern relative C. carnea (Common Green Lacewing), but their courtship “songs” are very different; individuals of one species will not react to the other’s vibrations.

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