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lacewing eggs

By CarolG  
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.

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

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Comments


posty57 8 6 2 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 5:46AM
WOW...talk about divine, and what a story at breakfast time ! SmileWink

Barry

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12 Aug 2012 6:09AM
Fantastic! Great for the shot, the history and the presentation.
Thanks for the explanations!

regards

Dito
fentiger Plus
15 916 23 England
12 Aug 2012 6:41AM
Fascinating images with interesting supporting information.

Albert
Lillian Plus
7 21 17 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 7:26AM
Have to go along with the comments here Carol, very interesting
and like the follow up of V2 as well
complete story
Lillian
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 7:45AM
Interesting narrative Carole V2 great shot.SmileSmile
Rob
12 Aug 2012 8:12AM

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

Albert

achieverswales 5 8 101 Wales
12 Aug 2012 8:12AM
And I was just going to eat my porridge! two great captures Carol and a great write up V2 for me.

Regards

Trev.
SlowSong Plus
7 6.2k 29 England
12 Aug 2012 8:23AM
Interesting info Carol, and V1 is so pretty. V2 is beautiful.
x
NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 8:31AM
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
LynneJoyce Plus
8 20 99 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 8:36AM
Fascinating commentary and two lovely photos. Love those delicately suspended eggs.
jonwebber 8 4 1 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 8:47AM
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.
jon
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.6k 148 England
12 Aug 2012 8:58AM
A 'before and after' shot! and an excellent concise write up.

Dave
12 Aug 2012 9:17AM
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)
EAS 7 1 13 Scotland
12 Aug 2012 9:28AM
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
KarenFB Plus
10 4.6k 167 England
12 Aug 2012 9:33AM
Well spotted and brilliantly caught!
CaroleS Plus
6 415 3 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 10:09AM
Fascinating information, I have never seen lacewing eggs, two brilliant image Carol.
Carole
12 Aug 2012 10:10AM
2 fab images ...
and thankyou for the added knowledge I now have ..Wink
AnnChown Plus
6 198 1 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 10:15AM
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
RonnieAG Plus
6 153 116 Scotland
12 Aug 2012 10:35AM
How absolutely fascinating, Carol: fine shots to accompany this interesting bit of natural history.
Ronnie.
12 Aug 2012 10:58AM
A fine lesson in nature with photographs nice one Carol happy to be no 30

GrahamGrinGrin
exposure 12 3.6k England
12 Aug 2012 11:05AM
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.
Joline Plus
10 27 53 United States
12 Aug 2012 11:34AM
V1 is not only informative, but very artistically presented. Excellent image.
The scientific details are fascinating.
TonyDy Plus
7 5 2 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 11:34AM
Hanging out to dry!
Lovely shots, Carol, well spotted.
Tony
helenlinda Plus
9 343 22 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 12:38PM
Fascinating Carol - well taken in v1 in particular SmileSmile
Helen
12 Aug 2012 1:25PM
Fascinating information with pictures.
Chinga Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 2:58PM
Excellent capture and explanation! Wonderful to see the fragile eggs. Well done. IB
12 Aug 2012 3:01PM
Brilliant Carol,excellent work..Lin
12 Aug 2012 3:12PM
It's certainly educational on here - I've never seen lacewing eggs before Smile Two superb images, Carol, excellent work Wink
Trev Smile
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
12 Aug 2012 5:07PM
Interesting information and capture

Peter
12 Aug 2012 5:42PM
wonderful
tomcat 10 6.4k 15 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 6:46PM
Now this is an interesting image and narrative

Thanks for sharing Carol

Looks like the wetness is returning againSad


Adrian
netta1234 Plus
4 329 2 Wales
12 Aug 2012 7:13PM
Interesting capture
NettaSmile
Irishkate Plus
5 33 97 United Kingdom
12 Aug 2012 8:37PM
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.
KateGrinGrinGrinGrin
LexEquine 10 19 United States
12 Aug 2012 11:59PM
'Brilliant DOF, color, Details, & Compo!' ~ LEx Wink
Tibetan 4 3 England
13 Aug 2012 6:39AM
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
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
14 Aug 2012 6:38PM
Top stuff as always Carol, although v1 i s interesting v2 is the standout shot

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