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Looking like tiny ‘alligators‘, lacewing larvae voraciously attack almost any prey they can grab, using pincer-like jaws. After injecting a paralyzing venom, they suck the body fluids from their helpless victim. During the 2-3 weeks it takes lacewings to develop through the larval stage, they'll eat up to 200 aphids or other insect eggs, larvae, and adults a week, growing up to 1/2" long in the process. Then, they spin a silky cocoon, pupate a few days, and hatch into a beautiful yet fragile, light green adult lacewing with large, shiny eyes. Adults range in size from ˝-3/4" long, and feed only on honeydew, nectar, and pollen. Adults live 4-6 weeks during which time females lay up to 200 eggs. Lacewing eggs are ‘planted’ on foliage at the ends of short filaments, apparently as a means of protection. In a few days, more lacewing larvae hatch out.

Camera:Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ7
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:future lacewings
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:29 Aug 2013 - 5:49 AM
Tags:Close-up, Close-up / macro, Eggs, General, Lacewing, Macro, Nature, Wildlife, Wildlife / nature
Votes:79
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S_Psharma
S_Psharma  1 India1 Constructive Critique Points
29 Aug 2013 - 5:52 AM

Outstanding images both are the winners.

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Hermanus  1 South Africa
29 Aug 2013 - 5:55 AM

This is exceptional education Carol !! Amazing images and wonderful information on the life cycle of this amazing bug Smile Really excellent !

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ddolfelin
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29 Aug 2013 - 6:08 AM

Cocoons are good but the adult lacewing is spectacular!
Shortlisted.

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29 Aug 2013 - 6:09 AM

Two very nice images hard to choose between them

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Chinga
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29 Aug 2013 - 6:22 AM

Linda Carol! Grin
I like them both... Good colour!!!
V1 is a magical image, and V2 has those amazing crisp details with your trade mark! Brava! IB

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29 Aug 2013 - 6:22 AM

Yet again an education and a surprise, superb shots and the lacewing is stunning.

Andy

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29 Aug 2013 - 6:35 AM


Quote: This is exceptional education Carol !! Amazing images and wonderful information on the life cycle of this amazing bug Smile Really excellent !

What an amazing image V1 is Carol and as Isabel says V2 is your trade mark capture....excellent photography and i have learnt something before my morning coffeeGrinGrin

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29 Aug 2013 - 7:01 AM

Two well detailed macros, Carol!
And what an interesting write up!

Richard

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basith
basith  1 Sri Lanka
29 Aug 2013 - 7:01 AM

It is really amazing Carol.
I did not expect these in your pf,
beautiful detail too.

Basith

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29 Aug 2013 - 7:21 AM

Excellent macros Carol V2 for me,

Ali

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LynneJoyce
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29 Aug 2013 - 7:22 AM

Fabulous capture of those eggs and a lovely adult portrait to boot.

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SUE118
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29 Aug 2013 - 7:27 AM

Wow this is beautiful Carol 2 super shots.

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29 Aug 2013 - 7:36 AM

Hope prizes will galore to day

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samarmishra
29 Aug 2013 - 7:39 AM

hi Carol, excellent set of images but todays' winner is the V2.. excellent clarity in the shot..

Samar..

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LucienH
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29 Aug 2013 - 7:39 AM

Perfect detail in both captures.

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RonnieAG
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29 Aug 2013 - 7:59 AM

A fascinating story about the life cycle of this insect and backed up by two superb images, Carol, macro magic in fact.
Ronnie.

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29 Aug 2013 - 8:27 AM

love V2

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Caziwinkles
29 Aug 2013 - 8:28 AM

Fascinating and interesting Carol - two brilliant images. Smile

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SlowSong
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29 Aug 2013 - 8:32 AM

Two absolutely darling shots. What pretty faces they have. Smile

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29 Aug 2013 - 8:39 AM

V1 is quite extraordinary, something I've never seen before. I learn something new here every day, thanks!
Moira

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29 Aug 2013 - 8:57 AM

V2 of course is so much prettier but V1 and your explanation give the full story.Smile
Joan.

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29 Aug 2013 - 8:58 AM

Two different but equal beautiful images, Carol!
George

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EileenH
29 Aug 2013 - 9:12 AM

Two lovely and interesting capturesSmile

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CaroleS
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29 Aug 2013 - 9:20 AM

Amazing something so delicate could turn into a vicious little monsterSmile Excellent detail and info Carol.

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29 Aug 2013 - 9:38 AM

WOW..... and very interesting Smile

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29 Aug 2013 - 9:58 AM

Great write up and images Carol!
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29 Aug 2013 - 10:12 AM

Could do with a few of these on my runner beans, Carol!! Excellent macro.

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29 Aug 2013 - 10:16 AM

Seed pods Carol, insect life. Just watched a snippet on BBC news about the Monarch Butterfly and it's amazing life cycle and migration. A new movie has just been released with this as the main subject.
Ron.

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digital_boi
29 Aug 2013 - 10:37 AM

two very fine captures Carol v2 is special excellent work

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29 Aug 2013 - 10:50 AM

Great images and write-up, Carol.
Tony

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29 Aug 2013 - 11:00 AM

That is so very interesting, Carol. Thanks so much for the write-up! Voracious things, aren't they?? I love that view in V1. Something most of us will not have seen, I reckon. Definitely a first for me Smile

Andrew

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29 Aug 2013 - 11:03 AM

Fascinating, both the info and the images. We used to have Lacewings over wintering regularly in the farmhouse but haven't seen them since we moved into the new house.

Ann

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Irishkate
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29 Aug 2013 - 11:27 AM

Two amazing images Carol - the larvae make a wonderful image
and the insect itself is quite beautiful.
I even have one in my portfolio which I dedicated to you when
you couldn't upload earlier.
KateGrinGrinGrin

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29 Aug 2013 - 11:29 AM

Two excellent images, Carol Great work!!

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29 Aug 2013 - 11:31 AM

V1 has been well composed with good detail

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29 Aug 2013 - 12:03 PM

A very informative study of this insect's habits. They are both excellent images.

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29 Aug 2013 - 12:28 PM


Quote: This is exceptional education Carol !! Amazing images and wonderful information on the life cycle of this amazing bug Smile Really excellent !

As Herman says wonderful information . Love version 2 so beautiful & perfectly elegant xx

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achieverswales
29 Aug 2013 - 12:31 PM

Equal marks and 1 extra for the write up Carol.

Regards

Trev.

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AlexAppleby
29 Aug 2013 - 1:12 PM

Fantastic and interesting.

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29 Aug 2013 - 2:44 PM

v2 is astonishing ! love it though both are superb

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29 Aug 2013 - 3:08 PM

Stunning work carol lovely detail
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29 Aug 2013 - 4:02 PM

Well, it certainly is educational on here! A very informative and interesting write-up, Carol, and two super close-ups too Smile
Trev Smile

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29 Aug 2013 - 4:41 PM

Both fascinating and incredible imagery Carol, supported by an informative and interesting foreword.

Regards Nathan Grin

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29 Aug 2013 - 6:04 PM

A very interesting read Carol, two well composed beautiful images Smile

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Philip_H
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29 Aug 2013 - 6:14 PM

Super light and detail in V2, Carol and interesting to see the eggs in V1.

P.

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29 Aug 2013 - 7:01 PM

Carol I'm pleased I have just eaten.

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29 Aug 2013 - 7:01 PM

Incredible Carol, never knew that..or that they looked like this
brilliant two shots
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29 Aug 2013 - 8:53 PM

How do you take such wonderful images Carol? another pair of superbly detailed images.

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29 Aug 2013 - 8:57 PM

Superb images Carol,
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29 Aug 2013 - 9:07 PM

V1 is an incredible nature photograph and fully deserving of a GEA. V2 is fine shot of the adult, you astound us all with the quality of images you produce with your compact and bridge cameras

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29 Aug 2013 - 9:23 PM

Swinging ! Wink eye catching image Carol.
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5 Sep 2013 - 2:57 PM

I bow to your knowledge, I have seen those and thought they belonged to a plant, like seeds!!!
excellent shot

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