What Bug Is That? The guide to Australian insect families.

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Adults sometimes feed from flowers, and larvae are predators. Larvae tend to be found in dust or sand on the floors of small caves or under rock overhangs.


Nemopteridae (thread-wings, spoon-winged lacewings) have a fore wing length 12-18 mm. A small family, characterised by the greatly elongate hind wings and the rostrate head. The venation is relatively open. In some African and European species the wings are marked heavily with yellow or brown.

  • Austrocroce sp. larvae

  • Chasmoptera hutti