Hemerobiidae (Brown Lacewings)

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

•7 genera and 22 known species in the region

•Mostly small (Wingspan up to 14 mm)

•Most are brown with variable darker markings

•Found throughout South Africa but are easily overlooked

•Adults are pollinators and can be found on flowering plants

•Larvae live on plants. They are important predators of mites, Aphids, Scale insects and other pests

•Common in gardens and orchards