The flower flies, and ladybugs are not the only predators in my garden. I occasionally see these green lacewings flying rather clumsily amongst the foliage and flowers. Their eggs are rather remarkable:
Ants would carry the eggs away, but all they find is a thin stalk that they cannot climb. The eggs hatch into hungry larvae - I call them 'alligators.'
Green lacewings comprise the insect family Chrysopidae, the Greek root words mean 'golden eye.' They are rather beautiful and mesmerizing up close: