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Lacewing eggs are deposited at night, singly or in small groups; one female produces some 100–200 eggs. Eggs are placed on plants, usually where aphids are present nearby in numbers. Each egg is hung on a slender stalk about 1 cm long, usually on the underside of a leaf. Immediately after hatching, the larvae moult, then ascend the egg stalk to feed. They are voracious predators, attacking most insects of suitable size, especially soft-bodied ones (aphids, caterpillars and other insect larvae, insect eggs, and at high population densities also each other). Therefore, the larvae are colloquially known as ‘aphid lions’ or ‘aphid wolves‘, similar to the related antlions. Their senses are weakly developed, except that they are very sensitive to touch. Walking around in a haphazard fashion, the larvae sway their heads from one side to the other, and when they strike a potential prey object, the larva grasps it. Their maxillae are hollow, allowing a digestive secretion to be injected in the prey; the organs of an aphid can for example be dissolved by this in 90 seconds. Depending on environmental conditions, larvae need about 1–3 weeks to pupation which takes place in a cocoon.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:lacewing eggs
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:12 Aug 2012 - 5:38 AM
Tags:Close-up, Close-up / macro, Eggs, General, Lacewing, Macro, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:60
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posty57
posty57  7 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 5:46 AM

WOW...talk about divine, and what a story at breakfast time ! SmileWink

Barry

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DitoInacio
12 Aug 2012 - 6:09 AM

Fantastic! Great for the shot, the history and the presentation.
Thanks for the explanations!

regards

Dito

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fentiger
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12 Aug 2012 - 6:41 AM

Fascinating images with interesting supporting information.

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Lillian
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12 Aug 2012 - 7:26 AM

Have to go along with the comments here Carol, very interesting
and like the follow up of V2 as well
complete story
Lillian

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bobsblues
bobsblues  5 United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 7:45 AM

Interesting narrative Carole V2 great shot.SmileSmile
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Badgerfred
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12 Aug 2012 - 8:12 AM


Quote: Fascinating images with interesting supporting information. Says it all Carol super images,
Fred.

Albert

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achieverswales
12 Aug 2012 - 8:12 AM

And I was just going to eat my porridge! two great captures Carol and a great write up V2 for me.

Regards

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SlowSong
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12 Aug 2012 - 8:23 AM

Interesting info Carol, and V1 is so pretty. V2 is beautiful.
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NDODS
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12 Aug 2012 - 8:31 AM

An extremely interesting and informative foreword backed up with these two rather unique images of which I have never come across before. The hanging eggs are something never to be forgotten simply magical.

Regards Nathan

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LynneJoyce
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12 Aug 2012 - 8:36 AM

Fascinating commentary and two lovely photos. Love those delicately suspended eggs.

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jonwebber
jonwebber  6 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 8:47 AM

So the little so and so s climb their string to eat the leaves? Ah well, nature usually wins.
V2 wins my vote, brilliant detail.
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WhiteRose1
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12 Aug 2012 - 8:58 AM

A 'before and after' shot! and an excellent concise write up.

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unicorn17
unicorn17  6 Scotland
12 Aug 2012 - 9:17 AM

Fascinating Gill! (my fixed computer has had much removed from it and I'm having probs with the new photo editor ! The anti virus protection does not like me downloading what I'm used to !!!!! SadIt had been beautiful here on Fri but cloudy yesterday .Great to get out with the girls though.Wink)

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EAS
EAS  6 Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 9:28 AM

Fascinating images and info, Carol. I used to find Lacewings in the farmhouse over wintering though none in my present home to date. I've never seen their eggs before, so thank you for such an interesting upload today!

Ann

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KarenFB
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12 Aug 2012 - 9:33 AM

Well spotted and brilliantly caught!

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CaroleS
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12 Aug 2012 - 10:09 AM

Fascinating information, I have never seen lacewing eggs, two brilliant image Carol.
Carole

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barbarahirst
barbarahirst Plus Member 6barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 10:10 AM

2 fab images ...
and thankyou for the added knowledge I now have ..Wink

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AnnChown
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12 Aug 2012 - 10:15 AM

This is fascinating Carol - what beautiful eggs, although the larvae don't sound so beautiful! Love your v2 too - a super close up with good details!
Ann

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RonnieAG
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12 Aug 2012 - 10:35 AM

How absolutely fascinating, Carol: fine shots to accompany this interesting bit of natural history.
Ronnie.

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digital_boi
12 Aug 2012 - 10:58 AM

A fine lesson in nature with photographs nice one Carol happy to be no 30

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12 Aug 2012 - 11:05 AM

Great detail & information Carol...I will have to look out for these...
Wellll...have you had rain!!!! it a bit cooler due to a breeze here....but no sign of rain...oh I wishSmile
Pauline.

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Joline
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12 Aug 2012 - 11:34 AM

V1 is not only informative, but very artistically presented. Excellent image.
The scientific details are fascinating.

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TonyDy
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12 Aug 2012 - 11:34 AM

Hanging out to dry!
Lovely shots, Carol, well spotted.
Tony

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12 Aug 2012 - 12:38 PM

Fascinating Carol - well taken in v1 in particular SmileSmile
Helen

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12 Aug 2012 - 1:25 PM

Fascinating information with pictures.

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Chinga
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12 Aug 2012 - 2:58 PM

Excellent capture and explanation! Wonderful to see the fragile eggs. Well done. IB

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sweetpea62 Plus Member 4sweetpea62 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 3:01 PM

Brilliant Carol,excellent work..Lin

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TrevBatWCC
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12 Aug 2012 - 3:12 PM

It's certainly educational on here - I've never seen lacewing eggs before Smile Two superb images, Carol, excellent work Wink
Trev Smile

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12 Aug 2012 - 5:07 PM

Interesting information and capture

Peter

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12 Aug 2012 - 5:42 PM

wonderful

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12 Aug 2012 - 6:46 PM

Now this is an interesting image and narrative

Thanks for sharing Carol

Looks like the wetness is returning againSad


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netta1234
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12 Aug 2012 - 7:13 PM

Interesting capture
NettaSmile

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12 Aug 2012 - 8:37 PM

Two wonderful images. V1 is such an unusual image - your narrative is great - so interesting to learn.
V2 is a real beauty. What a lovely creature.
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LexEquine
LexEquine  9 United States19 Constructive Critique Points
12 Aug 2012 - 11:59 PM

'Brilliant DOF, color, Details, & Compo!' ~ LEx Wink

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Tibetan
Tibetan  2 England
13 Aug 2012 - 6:39 AM

Very nice these, love the colour never seen the eggs before so that's a first, you learn some thing every day, regards Leon.GrinGrinGrinGrin

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14 Aug 2012 - 6:38 PM

Top stuff as always Carol, although v1 i s interesting v2 is the standout shot

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