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Green lacewings are predators found in most environments. Several species of Chrysoperla and Chrysopa are important predators. The light green adult has long, slender antennae, golden eyes, and large, veined, gauze-like wings that are 1/2 - 1/3 inches long. It is a slow-flying, nocturnal insect that feeds on nectar and pollen, and it emits a foul-smelling fluid from special glands if captured. The female lacewing lays eggs usually in groups on leaves, each egg held away from the leaf surface on the end of a slender stalk. A female lays up to 300 eggs over a period of 3-4 weeks, but often it does not survive that long in the field. The green lacewing larvae are voracious feeders and can consume up to 200 aphids or other prey per week. In addition to aphids, they will eat mites and a wide variety of soft-bodied insects, including insect eggs, thrips, mealybugs, immature whiteflies, and small caterpillars. They will also consume each other if no other prey is available.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:green lacewing
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:1 Apr 2014 - 6:19 AM
Tags:Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Lacewing, Macro, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:70
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LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom99 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2014 - 6:22 AM

Two excellent shots of this beauty with a fascinating description.

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ugly
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1 Apr 2014 - 6:26 AM

2 very nice images,
Very well taken.

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Andysnapper
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1 Apr 2014 - 6:32 AM

Such a delicate creature but dangerous....especially to an aphid. Great shots Carol and a wonderfully informative description.

Andy

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JohnoP
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1 Apr 2014 - 6:33 AM

Lovely macro work Carol. John

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kuvailija
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1 Apr 2014 - 6:52 AM

Great composition and detail in both of them! A good C. bokeh too ! --- Jukka.

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franken
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1 Apr 2014 - 7:00 AM

Both are equally excellent!

Ken

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NDODS
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1 Apr 2014 - 7:21 AM

Thank you for sharing your entomological knowledge and this wonderful pair of pin sharp captures Carol.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

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janlea
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1 Apr 2014 - 7:23 AM

Two wonderful shots Carol, superb detail Smile
Jan

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barbarahirst
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1 Apr 2014 - 7:24 AM

Caniballs then?
And so pretty

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KarenFB
KarenFB Junior Gallery Team 84313 forum posts England163 Constructive Critique Points
1 Apr 2014 - 7:24 AM

Gorgeous details on this really pretty and delicate insect. Brilliantly caught!


Quote: The green lacewing larvae are voracious feeders

Not only voracious, but vicious!! I was bitten by one once............it drew blood!!

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SUE118
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1 Apr 2014 - 7:25 AM

So delicate and pretty,lovely captures.

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RonnieAG
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1 Apr 2014 - 7:33 AM

I could do with a couple of them over here for the summer roses: most of the sprays seem pretty ineffectual against aphids.
Two super sharp images, Carole.
R.

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capto
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1 Apr 2014 - 8:09 AM

A beautiful macro.Smile

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ukgubbi
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1 Apr 2014 - 8:10 AM

Very pretty. Love the composition

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fentiger
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1 Apr 2014 - 8:33 AM

So delicate, so beautiful.

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ddolfelin
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1 Apr 2014 - 9:01 AM

Wonderful pictures.

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mrswoolybill
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1 Apr 2014 - 9:10 AM

Living in a green world...
Both are excellent compositions, the strong diagonal plus the antennae filling empty space. V1 is better exposed, avoiding blown highlights on the wings - for that one the sun was behind the insect not behind you, it makes a big difference with something as reflective as this.
I'd like to crop a bit tighter on the right, to have the stalk disappear directly into the corner of the frame.
Minor point - there are a couple of hard lines visible in the background, bottom leftish, I suspect that you've cloned and included the edge of the frame. Just needs softening a bit.
Moira

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mex
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1 Apr 2014 - 9:53 AM

super detail carol.
cheers phil.

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Mollycat
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1 Apr 2014 - 10:13 AM

Wonderful pictures of your carnivorous little critter Carol.
Peter.

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ali63
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1 Apr 2014 - 10:18 AM

Two stunning images Carol Smile

Ali

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1 Apr 2014 - 10:24 AM

2 wonderful shots Carol

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Badgerfred
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1 Apr 2014 - 10:55 AM

Great detail in both Carol, excellent work,
Fred.

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digital_boi
1 Apr 2014 - 10:58 AM

v1 wins through for sure Carole however both are excellent

Graham

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TrevBatWCC
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1 Apr 2014 - 11:01 AM

Two amazing detailed close-ups, Carol Smile Eating each other though, sounds a bit drastic! Wink
Trev Smile

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viscostatic
1 Apr 2014 - 11:02 AM

Really beautiful images Carol as well as interesting information.

Phil.

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TonyDy
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1 Apr 2014 - 11:22 AM

Fantastic close-ups, Carol.
Tony

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ade123
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1 Apr 2014 - 11:37 AM

Excellent images Carol

Ade

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CaroleS
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1 Apr 2014 - 11:40 AM

So fine and delicate, I did not know they were so aggressive!
Very good captures Carol.
Carole

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Irishkate
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1 Apr 2014 - 12:32 PM

A very pretty insect (I've even got an image of one in my own folders) - love V1.
Great narrative too.
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ChrisWallace
1 Apr 2014 - 12:52 PM

Quality image Carol, the colours work well
Chris

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Quoise
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1 Apr 2014 - 1:05 PM

superb detail!

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Joline
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1 Apr 2014 - 1:08 PM

So pretty, and yet so deadly! V1 is lovely.

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1 Apr 2014 - 1:44 PM

2 cracking shots

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sweetpea62
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1 Apr 2014 - 1:59 PM

Amazing details captured, great write up Carol..Lin

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pamelajean
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1 Apr 2014 - 2:22 PM

Both excellent, Carol, with the better light on V2, but both show the wing detail beautifully.

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Nikonuser1
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1 Apr 2014 - 2:44 PM

Excellent captures Carol has to v2 for me, great write upSmile


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1 Apr 2014 - 3:54 PM

Wonderful captures, Carol !
George

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HarrietH
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1 Apr 2014 - 3:56 PM

No need to ask why it has that name.

Maureen

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basith
basith  2 Sri Lanka
1 Apr 2014 - 5:08 PM

Superb detail Carol.

Basith

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EMJAYCEE
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1 Apr 2014 - 7:20 PM

Two excellent images Carol - and left alone nature has a way of dealing with problems and finding solutions (referring to their varied diet)!
Joan.

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1 Apr 2014 - 7:50 PM

Amazing images Carol...been so busy today....so a late viewing

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Mike_Smith
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1 Apr 2014 - 8:21 PM

Two cracking macro shots Carol, but They will also consume each other if no other prey is available, so they are cannibals then lol

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1 Apr 2014 - 8:35 PM

Thank you for the info. and the cracking images CarolSmileSmileSmile
Don

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1 Apr 2014 - 8:42 PM

Gorgeous

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3 Apr 2014 - 1:05 AM

A wonderful little Green Goddess Carol!
The tranparency on those wings is stunning... Grin
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terryxc  2 England
3 Apr 2014 - 1:55 AM

2 Absolutely stunning shots and excellent information...

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4 Apr 2014 - 9:51 PM

Extraordinary detail and wonderful depth of field in these Carol, you are right at the top of your game at present

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