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!