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future lacewings

By CarolG  
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.

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

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S_Psharma 5 1 India
29 Aug 2013 5:52AM
Outstanding images both are the winners.

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Hermanus 5 4 South Africa
29 Aug 2013 5:55AM
This is exceptional education Carol !! Amazing images and wonderful information on the life cycle of this amazing bug Smile Really excellent !
ddolfelin Plus
6 103 3 Wales
29 Aug 2013 6:08AM
Cocoons are good but the adult lacewing is spectacular!
dven Plus
12 25 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 6:09AM
Two very nice images hard to choose between them

Chinga Plus
7 3 1 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 6:22AM
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
Andysnapper 10 109 25 England
29 Aug 2013 6:22AM
Yet again an education and a surprise, superb shots and the lacewing is stunning.

ColleenA Plus
5 362 6 Australia
29 Aug 2013 6:35AM

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
29 Aug 2013 7:01AM
Two well detailed macros, Carol!
And what an interesting write up!

basith 5 7 Sri Lanka
29 Aug 2013 7:01AM
It is really amazing Carol.
I did not expect these in your pf,
beautiful detail too.

ali63 Plus
6 775 1 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 7:21AM
Excellent macros Carol V2 for me,

LynneJoyce Plus
9 20 99 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 7:22AM
Fabulous capture of those eggs and a lovely adult portrait to boot.
SUE118 Plus
9 8 1 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 7:27AM
Wow this is beautiful Carol 2 super shots.
29 Aug 2013 7:36AM
Hope prizes will galore to day
29 Aug 2013 7:39AM
hi Carol, excellent set of images but todays' winner is the V2.. excellent clarity in the shot..

User_Removed 13 386 2 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 7:39AM
Perfect detail in both captures.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
29 Aug 2013 7:59AM
A fascinating story about the life cycle of this insect and backed up by two superb images, Carol, macro magic in fact.
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 8:27AM
love V2
Caziwinkles 5 3 1 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 8:28AM
Fascinating and interesting Carol - two brilliant images. Smile

SlowSong Plus
9 7.4k 30 England
29 Aug 2013 8:32AM
Two absolutely darling shots. What pretty faces they have. Smile
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 8:39AM
V1 is quite extraordinary, something I've never seen before. I learn something new here every day, thanks!
9 10 10 England
29 Aug 2013 8:57AM
V2 of course is so much prettier but V1 and your explanation give the full story.Smile
29 Aug 2013 8:58AM
Two different but equal beautiful images, Carol!
EileenH 4 1 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 9:12AM
Two lovely and interesting capturesSmile

CaroleS Plus
8 433 3 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 9:20AM
Amazing something so delicate could turn into a vicious little monsterSmile Excellent detail and info Carol.
29 Aug 2013 9:38AM
WOW..... and very interesting Smile
Fefe Plus
6 23 31 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 9:58AM
Great write up and images Carol!
Jasper87 Plus
8 2.0k 150 England
29 Aug 2013 10:12AM
Could do with a few of these on my runner beans, Carol!! Excellent macro.

rontear Plus
15 8 8 England
29 Aug 2013 10:16AM
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.
29 Aug 2013 10:37AM
two very fine captures Carol v2 is special excellent work

TonyDy Plus
9 10 3 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 10:50AM
Great images and write-up, Carol.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
29 Aug 2013 11:00AM
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

EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
29 Aug 2013 11:03AM
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.

Irishkate Plus
7 41 114 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 11:27AM
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.
richmowil Plus
9 352 2 England
29 Aug 2013 11:29AM
Two excellent images, Carol Great work!!
lonely_oryx 10 61 55 England
29 Aug 2013 11:31AM
V1 has been well composed with good detail
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
29 Aug 2013 12:03PM
A very informative study of this insect's habits. They are both excellent images.
Mavis Plus
16 143 2 England
29 Aug 2013 12:28PM

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
achieverswales 7 8 101 Wales
29 Aug 2013 12:31PM
Equal marks and 1 extra for the write up Carol.


29 Aug 2013 1:12PM
Fantastic and interesting.
29 Aug 2013 2:44PM
v2 is astonishing ! love it though both are superb
29 Aug 2013 3:08PM
Stunning work carol lovely detail
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
29 Aug 2013 4:02PM
Well, it certainly is educational on here! A very informative and interesting write-up, Carol, and two super close-ups too Smile
Trev Smile
NDODS 7 5.1k 125 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 4:41PM
Both fascinating and incredible imagery Carol, supported by an informative and interesting foreword.

Regards Nathan Grin
jackyp 6 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 6:04PM
A very interesting read Carol, two well composed beautiful images Smile
29 Aug 2013 6:14PM
Super light and detail in V2, Carol and interesting to see the eggs in V1.

danbrann Plus
13 637 17
29 Aug 2013 7:01PM
Carol I'm pleased I have just eaten.
Lillian Plus
8 22 17 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 7:01PM
Incredible Carol, never knew that..or that they looked like this
brilliant two shots
marktc Plus
7 101 15 United Kingdom
29 Aug 2013 8:53PM
How do you take such wonderful images Carol? another pair of superbly detailed images.
29 Aug 2013 8:57PM
Superb images Carol,
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
29 Aug 2013 9:07PM
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
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
29 Aug 2013 9:23PM
Swinging ! Wink eye catching image Carol.
annettep38 Plus
6 218 40 Costa Rica
5 Sep 2013 2:57PM
I bow to your knowledge, I have seen those and thought they belonged to a plant, like seeds!!!
excellent shot

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