Chrysopa oculataEdit

Arthropods (Arthropoda)----Insects (Insecta)----Net-winged Flies (Neuroptera)----Green Lacewings (Chrysopidae)---Chrysopa----Chrysopa oculata

This is supposed to be the commonest species in Alberta, but it is tied with Chrysopa chi. Since I don't have a moth trap I do not see this one very often. This species can be quickly identified by a yellow and brown head and green stigmas on the wings. Occasionally specimens of this species have faint black veins like C. chi but C. chi has an x mark at the base of its antennae which seperates it from any other species. From looking at pictures on the internet it seems that C. oculata always has a yellow head when C. chi never does; they always have a green head.

Chrysopa sp.2

11th June, 2008. Disturbed from using the bush shaking technique.

Time of yearEdit

This species can have up to 3 generations and appears from around May - Early August.

Finding Chrysopa oculataEdit

Moth traps and bright lights are probably the best way of finding it, though on occasion it can be found using the bush shaking technique, this normally turns up about 75% moths, 20% C. chi and 5% C. oculata or other species of Green lacewing. I am not sure how this is in other areas, this for around the Edmonton area near the South Sackachewan River.


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