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Larva of Chrysoperla carnea s.l. having lunch  Chrysoperla,Chrysoperla carnea,Chrysopidae,Common green lacewing,Jane's garden,Larva,Neuroptera,nl: Goudoogje,predation Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. Oh wow, what a sci-fi larva, love it! This species seems bizarre at almost every life stage. Posted one year ago
    1. Yes, I agree - crazy metamorphosis too. Should see if I have images of the cocoon somewhere. It baffles me time and again how the "huge" imago comes from such a small cocoon ... Posted one year ago
      1. I think I found the vegetarian version:

        Lacewing larva on flower, Heesch, Netherlands Found in our garden.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/103198/lacewing_larva_on_flower_-_closeup_heesch_netherlands.html Chrysoperla carnea,Common green lacewing,Europe,Geotagged,Heesch,Netherlands,Summer,World
        Posted 11 months ago, modified 11 months ago
        1. *lol* yes - it does look skinny like a proper vegetarian! :-P
          Nah ... these will suck on the occasional droplet of honeydew or such, but it is probably on the flower head in search of prey, which might also be larvae living inside the flower head or Thrips or even flying insects attracted to the yellow in the flower. The skinniness is due to it probably being a 2nd instar larva still ;o)
          Posted 11 months ago, modified 11 months ago
          1. Nice, and thanks for the ID! Posted 11 months ago
  2. Cool shot Arp, well found. Posted one year ago
    1. Thanks Paul, it devoured the little green aphid in the foreground just before, so I waited for it to grab the next one for a "fresh attack" shot ... :o) Posted one year ago, modified one year ago

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''Chrysoperla carnea'', known as the common green lacewing, is an insect in the Chrysopidae family. It is found in many parts of America, Europe and Asia. The adults feed on nectar, pollen and aphid honeydew but the larvae are active predators and feed on aphids and other small insects. It has been used in the biological control of insect pests on crops.

Similar species: Net-winged Insects
Species identified by Pudding4brains
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Uploaded Jun 8, 2020.