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Chrysopa perla (Chrysopini)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Neuroptera
Family: Chrysopidae
Subfamily: Chrysopinae
Esben-Petersen, 1918
About 60 genera

Chrysopinae is a subfamily of green lacewings in the insect family Chrysopidae in the order Neuroptera. They are the nominate taxon and largest member of the green lacewing family (Chrysopidae), containing about 60 genera.

Members of the genus Chrysoperla and the genus Chrysopa in this subfamily are common in Europe and North America. Their larvae are predatory and feed on aphids; some of these species have been used in biological pest control, as has the Australian Mallada signatus.[1]


The genera are divided into four tribes:[2]

Italochrysa italica (Belonopterygini)
Chrysoperla larva (Chrysopini)

Some Chrysopidae are of presently unknown relationships. Of these genera, some are suspected to be Chrysopinae, namely:


  1. ^ New (2002), Shelton, [2011]
  2. ^ Wikispecies (version of 30 October 2009)