6 thoughts on “Name That Animal

  1. 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.


    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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