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Arthropods (Arthropoda)---Insects (Insecta)---Net-winged Insects (Neuroptera)----Dustywings (Coniopterygidae)



Dustywings (Bug Guide link to more pictures of better condition specimens) are an apparently uncommon to rare kind of insect in the order Neuroptera. They strongly resemble Whiteflies but are larger, have broader wings, have longer legs and antennae and at rest they hold their wings in a sharper Tent position. Larva resemble mites and are small and red with 5 white spots.

DustywingA

13th June, 2008. A slightly worn Dustywing.

DustywingB

21st June, 2008. The dusty effect on this one's body has worn away.

FeedingEdit

Just like their larger transparent relatives; Adults and Larvae feed on Aphids, Mealybugs, Scale Insects, Spider Mites, Whiteflies and other soft-bodied arthropods.

HabitatEdit

Forested shady areas; can be found under large, leafy trees, in my experience mainly coniferous, either on fences or on pine needles on the lower part of the trees, also low herbaceous and woody plants. Good luck.

SizeEdit

Adult length ranges from 2.5 - 5.5mm.

Times of Year and DayEdit

Spring and Fall; best looked for in June; most active at Dawn and more-so Dusk (Dawn: from when it starts to get light. Dusk: from 4:00-6:00pm ), can be found resting during the day. They can sometimes be attracted to light at night.

OtherEdit

Also known as Duskywings or Dusky-wings, this name is not recommended since a genus of Skipper Butterflies has this name.

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