Lacewing Life Cycle

I had been waiting until I got a clear photo of a Lacewing Larva before I compiled all my Lacewing shots into a collage.

What is interesting about these shots is that they were taken in three different locations, at different times of the year, but they all seem to have the same color tone and light. I took the eggs on stalks shot in the magnolia by our lakehouse in the spring, and the adult shot in a tree at the school ..also this spring. I took the larva pic in top right just the other day, in a small tree behind our lake house.

The top left pic is the set of lacewing eggs...one is laid at the top/end of a thin, hairlike stalk. I read that this is done so that when the eggs hatch out, the larvae do not devour each other upon hatching.

As they grow and develop, they go through different "instars" or stages...as I said when I posted the top right photo the other day, they pile up "trash" they find laying around on their backs to camouflage themselves. To "hunt" they just scurry back and forth on leaves. They have bad or no eyesight, so they just scurry about until they bump into something. Then, they grab that item with their pincers, inject a chemical that dissolves the prey's insides, and then they eat them.

I have seen the eggs on stalks twice. This shot was the second time....my other photo was very dark as it was in the shade behind my house. At that time, I had no idea what I was photographing, but it looked cool!

I have also taken several shots of the trashy old larvae, but this one is better than my other ones.

The adult photo..wow! They are the hardest for me to ever find. I have seen dead ones in spider webs at the lake...or I would see one fly by sort of fast. But this spring, I was wandering around the outdoor classroom at school, and saw this one in a tree! I was thrilled. I don't think I posted the adult photo though..I had other things I liked that day, and I wanted to make this collage.

Look at the adults pretty copper colored eyes!

So, this is filler for this day. I am needing my next two weeks off from school to do things I have been putting off this summer. Things I need to do while I still have access to a phone during the day, and some time off to get things done. So...I may be posting more filler the next few weeks.

I also just need to mix it up, and I've been posting lots of bugs lately.

So my new challenge for myself (starting Monday, July 15) is called "Against My Nature," and I am going to force myself (if I can) NOT to go out on long nature walks shooting bugs. I need to use that time to get ready for school start up, to get an exercise program going, etc... I'll try to do the Mad minute, Juliphone, and concentrate on anything but nature shots (animal/ insect shots). They take so much time!

Filler, but I made the collage today...
This is great Marybeth. A very nice collection
posted July 16th, 2013  
fabulous macros!
posted July 16th, 2013  
Great collage
posted July 16th, 2013  
A wonderful progression of photos! Very interesting!
posted July 16th, 2013  
Love this! Thanks so much for putting this together! You really must be a great teacher! Fav!
posted July 16th, 2013  
I love the idea--I'm not spending enough time commenting, but I know that this summer is a real gift in that I am not working--not likely to ever happen again. I loved this week where I took time to go places to get photos I would not normally think of taking, and I put in in amongst all the other things I had to do, but I know I'll most likely find something in my back yard--never a dull moment there! Good luck--can't wait to see what you come up with. This collage is AWESOME and really helps me see what the adult looks like--don't know that I ever have! This is not related to that white fly thing that sucks all the nutrients out of plants, right? Those bug me to know end! Have fun these last few weeks.
posted July 16th, 2013  
Great perserverance, lovely collage and now I know more about lacewings :)
posted July 16th, 2013  
interesting facts and great photos of them!
posted July 16th, 2013  
Fantastic collage! Lovely shots, beautiful details and colors!
posted July 16th, 2013  
MaryBeth, this is great! I think the patience you showed and the way you assembled this is great. I learned from it, plus I liked the images.
posted July 16th, 2013  
A wonderful collage. It's so interesting reading about this. I'm so lazy, take a shot, post the shot but don't spend any time actually finding out about the bug so thank you for teaching us what it's all about. I think I'm stuck in a bit of a rut with the bug shots too but tbh it's probably what we're good at so that's probably why we go back time and again :o) xx
posted July 16th, 2013  
Gorgeous collage to show it off.
posted July 16th, 2013  
@psychographer I guess I am good at it, and even more...I LOVE it! I love that feeling of getting out the camera, and deciding which way to go, what to examine....looking forward to what I might see. And then seeing "something" I can barely see, putting the lens on it, and that gasp! When I see what is really there! I am addicted. But I just need to mix it up for a week.
posted July 16th, 2013  
This is really interesting and informative and took so much effort. The result is really good, I think Lisa is right because you are so good at the bug shots and so enthusiastic about them you want to share that with all of us. We love seeing them and learning so everyone is happy. That said enjoy your personal challenge.
posted July 16th, 2013  
great collage Mary Beth,
posted July 16th, 2013  
Fabulous collage and awesome informations, as always
posted July 16th, 2013  
Wonderful life-cycle collage - you have put so much effort into putting this together and it really does look like a collection! : ))
posted July 16th, 2013  
Great Collage:) so nice to see a lacewing.
posted July 16th, 2013  
this is such a cool collage.....how interesting! especially the top right pic, wow......don't think I've ever notice one of these.
posted July 16th, 2013  
Beautiful presentation!
posted July 16th, 2013  
I love it!
posted July 16th, 2013  
WOW!
posted July 16th, 2013  
I like this very much
posted July 16th, 2013  
nice
posted July 16th, 2013  
What a fascinating collage ! Fabulous to see all the stages!

If your commitment to not shoot bugs lasts as long as your commitment to not write any explanations we can expect some more bug shots by about Thursday! ;~}
posted July 16th, 2013  
@grammyn I know! Hee hee I think that week of not eating took every ounce of committment powder I had! hee hee I just cannot stick to other things. Hint hint hint But..>I did just sign up for either this week's or next week's Get pushed. Something that I have avoided. So....I am going to expand my horizons that way for sure. And I am going to shoot the Mad Minute word that Vikki is hosting right now (for today). SO it's all good!
posted July 16th, 2013  
posted July 16th, 2013  
A beautiful collage of tree wonderful pic.`s Thanks for the interesting info
posted July 16th, 2013  
Love the information MaryBeth and the photos are great :))
posted July 16th, 2013  
Definitely pretty! The Cinderella Story of the Bug World! Thanks for the tag!!
posted July 17th, 2013  
Wowsa! This is amazing!!!! Excellent shots! So neat!
posted July 17th, 2013  
Fascinating, fave!
posted July 17th, 2013  
A beautiful collage and very interesting information. I don't think I have seen one from so close. such large eyes in the adult.
posted July 17th, 2013  
Fabulous, these are lovely insects, they love eating aphids, Wonderful collage
posted July 17th, 2013  
@olivetreeann so I can tag it for theme fairy tales, then? Hee hee. :0).
posted July 17th, 2013  
@espyetta Go for it! lol See what happens!
posted July 18th, 2013  
Congratulation, this is so wonderful. I can see you are having fun, that's what it's all about.
posted July 19th, 2013  
Amazing collage!
posted July 20th, 2013  
Fabulous collage and fascinating photos in their own right. Great job!
posted July 23rd, 2013  
Awesome collage. So much information. fav.
posted July 23rd, 2013  
Fabulous collage :)
posted July 24th, 2013  
Very attractive collage, educational too!
posted July 27th, 2013  
Very cool collage.
posted July 28th, 2013  
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