The life of the Giant Lacewing remains a mystery throughout the entomology world. Once found from New England to Puget Sound, these insects are incredibly rare. At up to 2 inches long, this species dwarfs the common green lacewing (less than an inch), which you can regularly find by your porch light on summer nights. Having long disappeared from the east, western North America is this Giant’s last stronghold.

Photo by: Erika Gotcher last week in Missoula, MT