Saturday, 14 May 2011

Lacewing Larva

After I had been doing some gardening I noticed an unusual looking bit of detritus on my jacket, however on a closer inspection it turned out to be a lava of one of the Lacewing family, Order Neuropteran but I don't know the species. We commonly see the sand traps of the Antlion Larvae in the sheltered area around the house with the larva waiting at the bottom of the trap for any ant or small insect to slide down the side into their massive jaws. This larva (aprox 3mm long) looks similar to the Antlion but carrys bits and pieces on its back as a disguise and I assume it spends its life until metamorphis amongst vegetation and leaf litter.

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