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Green lacewing



This is a green lacewing eating a kale smoothie after being taken outside. It eventually ate all of it (not sure how).


Lacewing larvae are to aphids what antlions are to ants and are sometimes used commercially as pest control. Due to their cannibalistic habits in tight spaces, they must be shipped as eggs and hatched in the field. Some larvae have bristles on their backs that catch and hold debris in a mound on their back for camouflage. In addition, the larvae have hollow maxillae that inject digestive secretions into their prey which can dissolve their organs in only 90 seconds.

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Austin, Texas, USA

Spotted on May 28, 2017
Submitted on Jun 6, 2017

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