Chrysopa oculata



Scientific Name: Chrysopa oculata
     Chrysopa oculata means "precious topaz eyes" in English. 
Common Name: Goldeneyed Lacewing
     This species is called the goldeneyed lacewing because of their distinguishing
physical characteristics of having bright golden or topaz colored eyes as well as thin, almost translucent wings that are lightly veined to form lace-like patterns (Dunn 1996). 
Domain: Eukarya
        Comprises eukaryotes or organisms whose cells contain a true nucleus.
Kingdom: Animalia
        Taxonomic kingdom comprising all living or extinct animals.
Phylum: Arthropoda
        A large division of articulata, embracing all those that have jointed legs (Biology Online 2012).
Class: Insecta
     The class Insecta is sometimes referred to as the class Hexapoda, because insects have six legs (the prefix “hex” means six and the suffix “pod” means foot).
     There are several distinguishing features of insects, including:
          1. An exoskeleton divided into three parts, a head, a thorax, and an abdomen
          2. Three pairs of jointed legs in adult insects
          3. One pair of antennae
          4. Wings on most adults, but never on immature insects
          5. One pair of compound eyes in adults and sometimes in immature insects (Dunn 1996)
Order: Neuroptera
     The order neuropteran is recognized by several features.  Some of these include chewing mouth parts in the animals, two pairs of membranous wings with many veins, an elongated body that may be brown, green, gray, or black, and finally antennae that are thin and long (Dunn 1996). 
Suborder: Planipennia
     The suborder Planipennia has “smaller, many-veined, lacelike, transparent wings that are held together rooflike over the back when not in use” (Dunn 1996).
Family: Chrysopidae
     The common name for the family Chrysopidae is the green lacewings, because of their green bodies and veined, membranous wings that have a lacey pattern. 
These insects are medium in size and range from around ten to twenty millimeters in length (Arnett 1985).
Genus: Chrysopa
     Members of the genus Chrysopa are found in abundance on the continents of North American, Europe, and Asia.
     The larvae of these insects are “predatory and feed on aphids and members of this genus have been used in biological pest control” (EOL 2012).  
     For more information on the genus Chrysopa, follow the hyperlink to the Encyclopedia of Life:
Species: Chrysopa oculata
     The species is known by its distinct coloring patterns, including green bodies with light green veined wings, a black banding around the head, and most noticeably, their golden eyes, for which they are named.
The species can further be divided into eight subspecies, each with its own unique coloring scheme (Dunn 1996).  
     For more specific identification information, follow the hyperlink to the website of the University of Alberta E. H. Strickland Entomological Museum:

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