Coniopterygidae (Dusty-winged Lacewings)

This is the description of the Family Coniopterygidae in the online guide to the Neuroptera (lacewings and antlions) of southern Africa

•Comprising 7 genera and 14 species in the region

•All are very small (Wingspan 4-8 mm)

•Easily recognisable. Entire bodies covered in white powdery substance

•Widespread but mostly overlooked

•Adults are pollinators and are found on flowering plants

Larvae live on leaves and are important predators of mites, Aphids, Scale insects and other pests

•Common in gardens and orchards