Neuroptera

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Neuroptera
Temporal range: Permian to Recent
Green lacewing
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Superorder: Endopterygota or Neuropterida
Order: Neuroptera
Linnaeus, 1758
Suborders

Neuroptera is a order of net-winged insects, and includes the lacewings, mantidflies, antlions, and their relatives. The order contains some 6,010 species.

The adults of this order possess four membranous wings, with the forewings and hindwings about the same size, and with many veins. They have chewing mouthparts, and undergo complete metamorphosis. Most of the larvae and adults are predators.

The clade first appeared in the Permian period,