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My personal description: The ugliest bug I've ever seen measuring less than 1 cm. I saw this debris on a rock but it was crawling so I had to take a second look. Ych! This is an Aphid Lion, the larva of that pretty little Green Lacewing that are often seen around porch lights. Aphid lions are particularly effective predators, perhaps more so than the ladybugs and preying mantids more commonly marketed as garden beneficials. Their mouthparts are elongated into sharp hollow needles that quickly pierce their prey and drain them dry within minutes.