Morphometry of Fore Wing Venation for Identification of Net-Winged Insects of the Ukrainian Carpathians, with a Focus on Chrysopa (Neuroptera, Chrysopidae)

  • 1 State Museum of Natural History, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, , 79008, Lviv, Ukraine

Abstract

A method to identify the net-winged insects without preparation of genitalia is proposed. The method is based on morphometric indices of fore wing venation and is applied to Neuroptera of the Ukrainian Carpathians. A key to nine neuropteran families is compiled, with an emphasis on Chrysopidae. Keys to eight genera and eleven species of the genus Chrysopa is provided. A statistical analysis of the variability of diagnostic traits is given for each species and possibility of using morphometric indices is substantiated for species identification.

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