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Phone: (208) 885-6681
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College of Agricultural and Life Sciences
University of Idaho
875 Perimeter Drive MS 2331
Moscow, ID 83844-2331


College of 
Agricultural & Life Sciences
University of Idaho
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Boise, ID 83702
phone: (208) 334-2999
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College of 
Agricultural & Life Sciences
University of Idaho
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Coeur d'Alene, ID 83814-2277
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College of 
Agricultural & Life Sciences
University of Idaho
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Idaho Falls, Idaho  83402
phone: (208) 282-7900
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Giant Lacewing

Discover the Giant Lacewing

Lacewing TeamsGiants Among Lacewings Prowl the Palouse

MOSCOW, Idaho – Peter Duelli, a retired professor and biodiversity specialist at the Swiss Federal Research Institute WSL in Zurich, welcomed the rare appearance of a pair of giant lacewings during his visit this week to the University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences Tuesday.

After a lifetime spent studying lacewings in the laboratory and around the world, he'd never seen a live specimen.

Duelli visited the Moscow campus as the guest of James "Ding" Johnson, Department of Plant, Soils and Entomological Sciences Department head. The two returned to Moscow after a two-week trip to southern California and the Southwest to collect other lacewings.

Duelli, Johnson and Frank Merickel, collection manager of William F. Barr Entomological Museum and its 1 million specimens on the Idaho campus, gathered to share notes on the rare insects, once found from New England to Puget Sound and southward along the West Coast.

The giant lacewing is an enigma, even to professional entomologists who have spent careers studying the order Neuroptera, which includes some 5000 species of lacewings. Rare now, the giant lacewing once clouded around the bright lights of a factory at night so thickly that passersby reported smoke was pouring from the building. 

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