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Neuroptera (lacewings and relatives)

Wikipedia Abstract

The insect order Neuroptera, or net-winged insects, includes the lacewings, mantidflies, antlions, and their relatives. The order contains about 6,000 species. The group was once known as Planipennia, and at that time also included alderflies, fishflies, dobsonflies, and snakeflies, but these are now generally considered to be separate orders (the Megaloptera and Raphidioptera). Sometimes the name Neuropterida is used to refer to these three orders as a group. This is either placed at superorder rank, with the Endopterygota becoming an unranked clade above it, or the Endopterygota are maintained as a superorder, with an unranked Neuropterida being a part of them. Within the endopterygotes, the closest living relatives of the neuropteridan clade are the beetles. The common name lacewings is
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Ascalaphidae (owlflies) (436)
Berothidae (beaded lacewings) (126)
Chrysopidae (breen lacewings, common lacewings, and green lacewings) (1,418)
Coniopterygidae (dusty-wings) (579)
Dilaridae (pleasing lacewings) (97)
Hemerobiidae (brown lacewings) (591)
Ithonidae (ithonid lacewings) (39)
Mantispidae (mantidflies) (398)
Myrmeleontidae (antlions) (1,676)
Nemopteridae (Lacewing) (146)
Nevrorthidae (19)
Nymphidae (Lacewing) (35)
Osmylidae (Lacewing) (218)
Psychopsidae (Silky lacewing) (26)
Sisyridae (spongillaflies) (71)

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