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Jesse Archey

Flying insect, Eastern Oregon, US

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I have this at my house in eastern Oregon. It has a long slender body with a large thorax, reminiscent of a dragonfly, but it's wings are huge. Two pairs, the upper pair overlap completely on the lower pair, and form a tent over its body. The wings resemble clear butterfly or moth wings. I don't think it's a lace wing, as the wings are too wide, not slender like all the pictures I've seen.


So, anyone willing to help?


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Dear Jesse. I am sorry this post has been left for so long. I am not an expert on insects, but I will share my thoughts and suggestions.

I think this is a lacewing or related or similar family. It is very typical, including the wings and you might be amazed at the variety of lacewing. Take this one ( taken from the Treknature website gallery. A Thread-winged Lacewing (Nemoptera sinuata) also known as the Spoon-tailed Lacewing from the Lacewing (Neuroptera) family from Turkey.

TrekNature | Thread-winged Lacewing Photo

Given the quality and indistinctiveness, e.g. colour, shape, this might lead others to not bother putting the effort in to identify it as there are likely to be many species that fit, especially limited to the image/desription. There are many groups that may be willing or able to help, but if this seems a lot of trouble and you are considering the effort to benwfit, they might also be thinking the csame to locate the species, if that makes sense.

And  in order to narrow it down yourself, you could start with geographical location, then the colouration, size and shape. If you can then find a local list of species, this cmay help, too.

It is always difficult to get a good clear picture of such rerlatively small living things without professional equipment and macro lenses. So, if you do this often orf again,  even the addition of a 2 or 3x lens to put over you phone or on a camera (or move out and zoom in with a good high multiplication optical lens) this will help. There are probably mny new species that have been photographed, but do not get recognised or vattributed because of the quality or lack of information, which is a shme, but hopefully, ever better new technology will change this.

The Phylogeny Explorer Project will be trying to collate a lot of detail on all species in order to help identify things and allow anyone without expertise to do so with search facilities.

Sorry I couldn't be of more help, Jesse. 

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