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green lacewing

By CarolG  
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.

Tags: Wildlife Nature Macro General Lacewing Close-up Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 6:22AM
Two excellent shots of this beauty with a fascinating description.

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ugly Plus
9 9 57 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 6:26AM
2 very nice images,
Very well taken.

Dave
Andysnapper 9 109 25 England
1 Apr 2014 6:32AM
Such a delicate creature but dangerous....especially to an aphid. Great shots Carol and a wonderfully informative description.

Andy
JohnoP 11 2
1 Apr 2014 6:33AM
Lovely macro work Carol. John
Great composition and detail in both of them! A good C. bokeh too ! --- Jukka.
franken Plus
14 4.2k 4 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 7:00AM
Both are equally excellent!

Ken
NDODS Plus
6 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 7:21AM
Thank you for sharing your entomological knowledge and this wonderful pair of pin sharp captures Carol.

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
1 Apr 2014 7:23AM
Two wonderful shots Carol, superb detail Smile
Jan
1 Apr 2014 7:24AM
Caniballs then?
And so pretty
KarenFB Plus
11 4.8k 171 England
1 Apr 2014 7:24AM
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!!
SUE118 Plus
8 8 1 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 7:25AM
So delicate and pretty,lovely captures.
RonnieAG Plus
7 154 117 Scotland
1 Apr 2014 7:33AM
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.
capto Plus
5 4.6k 8 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 8:09AM
A beautiful macro.Smile

ivor
1 Apr 2014 8:10AM
Very pretty. Love the composition
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
1 Apr 2014 8:33AM
So delicate, so beautiful.

Albert
1 Apr 2014 9:01AM
Wonderful pictures.
mrswoolybill Plus
10 1.1k 1660 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 9:10AM
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
mex Plus
9 27 3 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 9:53AM
super detail carol.
cheers phil.
Mollycat Plus
3 11 2 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 10:13AM
Wonderful pictures of your carnivorous little critter Carol.
Peter.
ali63 Plus
5 771 1 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 10:18AM
Two stunning images Carol Smile

Ali
1 Apr 2014 10:24AM
2 wonderful shots Carol
1 Apr 2014 10:55AM
Great detail in both Carol, excellent work,
Fred.
1 Apr 2014 10:58AM
v1 wins through for sure Carole however both are excellent

Graham
TrevBatWCC Plus
8 12 10 England
1 Apr 2014 11:01AM
Two amazing detailed close-ups, Carol Smile Eating each other though, sounds a bit drastic! Wink
Trev Smile
viscostatic 10 35 5 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 11:02AM
Really beautiful images Carol as well as interesting information.

Phil.
TonyDy Plus
8 7 3 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 11:22AM
Fantastic close-ups, Carol.
Tony
ade123 Plus
4 276 1 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 11:37AM
Excellent images Carol

Ade
CaroleS Plus
7 429 3 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 11:40AM
So fine and delicate, I did not know they were so aggressive!
Very good captures Carol.
Carole
Irishkate Plus
6 40 107 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 12:32PM
A very pretty insect (I've even got an image of one in my own folders) - love V1.
Great narrative too.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
1 Apr 2014 12:52PM
Quality image Carol, the colours work well
Chris
Quoise Plus
4 868 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 1:05PM
superb detail!
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
1 Apr 2014 1:08PM
So pretty, and yet so deadly! V1 is lovely.
1 Apr 2014 1:44PM
2 cracking shots
1 Apr 2014 1:59PM
Amazing details captured, great write up Carol..Lin
pamelajean Plus
11 980 1903 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 2:22PM
Both excellent, Carol, with the better light on V2, but both show the wing detail beautifully.
Nikonuser1 Plus
4 133 15 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 2:44PM
Excellent captures Carol has to v2 for me, great write upSmile


Cliff
1 Apr 2014 3:54PM
Wonderful captures, Carol !
George
1 Apr 2014 3:56PM
No need to ask why it has that name.

Maureen
basith 4 7 Sri Lanka
1 Apr 2014 5:08PM
Superb detail Carol.

Basith
EMJAYCEE Plus
8 10 10 England
1 Apr 2014 7:20PM
Two excellent images Carol - and left alone nature has a way of dealing with problems and finding solutions (referring to their varied diet)!
Joan.
ColleenA Plus
4 325 5 Australia
1 Apr 2014 7:50PM
Amazing images Carol...been so busy today....so a late viewing
Mike_Smith Plus
9 380 1 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 8:21PM
Two cracking macro shots Carol, but They will also consume each other if no other prey is available, so they are cannibals then lol
DonMc 8 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 8:35PM
Thank you for the info. and the cracking images CarolSmileSmileSmile
Don
pluckyfilly Plus
10 351 33 United Kingdom
1 Apr 2014 8:42PM
Gorgeous
Chinga Plus
6 3 1 United Kingdom
3 Apr 2014 1:05AM
A wonderful little Green Goddess Carol!
The tranparency on those wings is stunning... Grin
IB
terryxc 4 7 England
3 Apr 2014 1:55AM
2 Absolutely stunning shots and excellent information...

Terry.
Glostopcat 11 255 2 England
4 Apr 2014 9:51PM
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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