Neuroptera · tinklasparniai

  • net-winged insects
  • Netzflügler
  • tinklasparniai
  • tīklspārņi
  • sieciarki The insect order Neuroptera, or net-winged insects, includes the lacewings, mantidflies, antlions, and their relatives.

The larvae of most families are specialised predators, with elongated mandibles adapted for piercing and sucking. The larval body form varies between different families, depending on the nature of their prey. Larvae in various families cover themselves in debris (sometimes including dead prey insects) as camouflage, taken to an extreme in the ant lions, which bury themselves completely out of sight and ambush prey from "pits" in the soil.

Adults of many groups are also predatory, but some do not feed, or consume only nectar. The adults of this order possess four membranous wings, with the forewings and hindwings about the same size, and with many veins. They have chewing mouthparts, and undergo complete metamorphosis.