Online guide to the Neuroptera (lacewings and antlions) of southern Africa


This set of postings provides an online guide to Neuroptera in southern Africa. This order includes the insects commonly known as lacewings and as antlions. The initial focus is on the families within this order, and then on a selection of individual species.

There are 13 families in southern Africa. Here are the first seven.

Coniopterygidae (Dusty-winged Lacewings)

Hemerobiidae (Brown Lacewings)

Chrysopidae (Green Lacewings)

Nemopteridae (Thread-winged Lacewings, etc)

Mantispidae (Mantidflies)

Ascalaphidae (Owlflies)

Myrmeleontidae (Antlions)

Ryan Tippett, who is doing the hard work assembling most of this information, is a Research Associate of the BDI. He has given a presentation to the BDI Citizen Scientist Hour called Fascinating creatures: Antlions and Lacewings.

The maps and photos in this online guide will mostly be of records submitted to the LacewingMAP project of the BDI. There is a summary of the information from the first five years of LacewingMAP in the journal Biodiversity Observations, published in 2019: LacewingMAP: Progress report on the atlas of African Neuroptera and Megaloptera, 2014–2019.