Garden Food Webs: Lovely Lacewings



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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:
 

2 comments:

Kiri Joy Cutting at: June 29, 2012 at 12:09 PM said...

I like the flow of this post.

Samantha at: June 29, 2012 at 2:31 PM said...

Your zoom is incredible jeesh. Now I feel bad that I am always so grossed out when some little creepy crawly is on me.

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