Lacewings and allied insects records from Britain and Ireland to 1999
Data are derived from the Neuroptera Recording Scheme and held at BRC. This dataset includes taxa from the orders: <i>Neuroptera, Megaloptera, Raphidioptera</i> and <i>Mecoptera</i>. The scheme was restarted in 1988 by Colin Plant and the data in this dataset were published in a provisional atlas in 1994 (details below).
The dataset gives very good coverage of England and Wales, reasonable coverage of Scotland and patchy coverage of Ireland.
To establish a baseline of information on the lacewings of Britain and Ireland and to consider the economic importance of lacewings as predators of aphids.
Records were validated and verified by the Scheme organiser. Where necessary, voucher specimen examination was used by known experts to confirm identifications. Records under <i>Chrysoperla carnea agg.</i> probably include the true <i>C. carnea</i> together with <i>C. lucasina</i> and the recently described <i>C. pallida</i>.
Various collecting methods were employed, including light traps, Malaise traps, pitfall traps, water traps and sweeping. BRC RA68 recording cards were used for much of the data capture, with the records being converted to electronic format at BRC.
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