I'd say it was about 3", head to wing-tip. 1.25" at widest point of resting wings. I would guess around 4.5" wingspan. Slow flapping and moving.
I had walked around a tree and it apparently thought is could be a danger so it flew from it's resting place to the other side of the same tree. I walked back around the look at it, and there it stayed for several pics. some taken (above included) within 2-4 inches. While rotating my focus ring, i accidentally brushed it and it flew back to the other side and higher, out of reach. I was satisfied with my photos and let it be.
I haven't found a variation of Neuroptera that is quite like it. It does fall in most of the catagories, usually an exception somewhere though. With it's size, it is not a typical lacewing, .........WAIT!
AH HA. This looks like it! An antlion, finally a matching photo.
It is a bad picture but, certainly the same creature.
I believe we have a winner. And now we know the rest of the story. (<sorry, lack of sleep) I swear the measurements i read for them were "up to 1.5" ".
Thanks for your help, you deserve a raise.