Net-winged insects

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Order Neuroptera net-winged insects

Neuroptera means “ net-wing


  • 4 membranous wings: all about the same size , usually longer than abdomen.
  • Wings have many-branched longitudinal veins connected by many cross veins.
  • Wings usually held rooflike over body at rest.
  • Generally not stong fliers. Legs well developed
  • Antennae very long, many segmented. Great variety in form.
  • Chewing mouthparts.
  • Predaceous (at least in larval stage)
  • Most species are terrestrial, adults found near larval habitat