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Psychopsis insolens Psychopsis insolens is a member of the silky lacewing family Psychopsidae. These delicate and diaphanous insects are nocturnal and I found this one in repose on my house wall during the day.<br />
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The silky lacewings are distinguishable in their adult stage by their patterned wings which are covered in soft hair. The wings have a broad shape with marked venation.  <br />
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Psychopsis insolens

Psychopsis insolens is a member of the silky lacewing family Psychopsidae. These delicate and diaphanous insects are nocturnal and I found this one in repose on my house wall during the day.

The silky lacewings are distinguishable in their adult stage by their patterned wings which are covered in soft hair. The wings have a broad shape with marked venation.

15 mm wingspan at the widest point and 12 mm body length.

    comments (9)

  1. I didn't know about these Ruth. Wonderful. Thank you. Posted 6 months ago, modified 6 months ago
    1. Pleasure, curious little find for sure Mark. Beautifully dainty. Posted 6 months ago
  2. Very clear picture of such a small bug, thanks for sharing! Posted 6 months ago
    1. Pleasure, glad you enjoyed. Posted 6 months ago
  3. Incredibly beautiful! Posted 6 months ago
    1. Isn't it?! I've never seen anything quite so ephemeral and dainty. I did take other shots with different camera settings and these give a clearer view of the venation etc, will post when edited. Posted 6 months ago
      1. I agree! 'Ephemeral' is the perfect word to describe it. The wings have an almost feather-like appearance. Posted 6 months ago
  4. Absolutely amazing Ruth Posted 6 months ago
    1. Glad you enjoyed Niel! I love such random surprise finds around the house, I've had some awesome ones over the years. Posted 6 months ago

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Silky lacewings are small and delicate insects distinguishable in their adult stage by their patterned, pubescent wings with a broad wing shape, dense venation, and the presence of a vena triplica (the apical fusion of three veins in the hindwing)

Similar species: Net-winged Insects
Species identified by Ruth Spigelman
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By Ruth Spigelman

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Uploaded Nov 26, 2021. Captured Nov 26, 2021 12:15 in 59 Merewether St, Merewether NSW 2291, Australia.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/16.0
  • 10/2500s
  • ISO250
  • 105mm