This is quite a large lacewing with very large dark blue eyes. Its body is a bright orange with dark bands on the lower abdomen. It has the characteristic large, delicate-looking, lacy wings which fold along its body.
This lacewing is very much like the orange caterpillar-parasite wasp which has much shorter wings and a much skinnier body with a tiny wasp waist. Both are beneficial.
The larvae are very ferocious and have long hairs on their back allowing them to carry their dead prey around, which may act like a camouflage. They live on the ground amongst the leaf litter hunting smaller insects. They have strong, prominent jaws with which to capture their prey.
Adult size: 30 mm