Micromus subanticus

Brown Lacewing
Micromus subanticus

Brown Lacewing Micromus subanticus
Brown Lacewing Micromus subanticus at moth light May 26, 2012 Wheatley, Ontario.
Brown Lacewing Micromus subanticus
Brown Lacewing Micromus subanticus at moth light May 08, 2012 Wheatley, Ontario.
Brown Lacewing Micromus subanticus
Brown Lacewing Micromus subanticus at moth light June 08, 2012 Wheatley, Ontario.
Brown Lacewing Micromus subanticus
Brown Lacewing Micromus subanticus at moth light July 06, 2011. Wheatley, Ontario.
Brown Lacewing Micromus subanticus
Brown Lacewing Micromus subanticus at moth light July 06, 2011. Wheatley, Ontario.
Brown Lacewing Micromus subanticus
Brown Lacewing Micromus subanticus at moth light July 19, 2011. Wheatley, Ontario.

Identification:
Head: Face long, reddish-yellow with a dark mark on each side of centre, mid face. Some brownish shading on top of head.
Antenna: Pale yellowish.
Thorax: Neck (prothorax) and thorax brownish-yellow. Older individuals darker, or with brownish spots.
Wings: Very narrow, 4 times as long as wide, tips blunt. A central dark spot about 1/3 from wing base. A series of 4 or 5 faint, darker marks on veins nearer wing tip. No other marks.
Legs: Pale yellowish.
Abdomen: Light brown, covered with brown pile.

Main ID: Long, reddish-yellow face with dark, curved mark between eyes and mouth on each side. Long, narrow wings.

Similar Species: Micromus angulatus and Micromus posticus both have shorter, wider wings and obvious diagonal lines in the wings. Neither have dark marks on the face.

Size: 7 to 9 mm to wing tip.

Habitat: Meadows and grassy areas.

Food: Both adults and larvae are predators of soft-bodied insects, aphids.

Flight Time: June and July.

Life Cycle: Unknown. Usually found in grass clumps where they run rather than fly. Will play dead.
Parasite: Ichneumon Wasp Anacharis species.

Comments: Kent County – Rondeau Provincial Park. Present in Essex County, but not on any list.

For information on synonyms, references and type specimens see next page

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