N ueroptera, or net-winged insects, includes the lacewings, mantidflies, antlions, and their relatives. The adults of this order possess four membranous wings, with the forewings and hindwings about the same size, and with many veins. They have sometimes striking compound eyes and may or may not have ocelli. They have chewing mouthparts, and undergo complete metamorphosis. This means the young neuroptera or larvae do not resemble the adults. The larvae of some species are well known to everyone as they dig conical depressions in the sand or dirt and wait for insects to slide down the steep sides.

Lacewing Owlfly Ant lion