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Lacewing larva

Family Chrysopidae

Description:

Now, this is a completely unexpected spoting. Lacewing larva usually "glue" the remains of their victims on their backs, for protection against predators - specially parasitic wasps. But this one "glued" a fallen flower to its back! An efficient disguise, nonetheless. No insect around here would expect to be attacked by a carnivorous flower...

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11 Comments

Gaia80
Gaia80 a year ago

Nice spotting, this one seems kinda tired dragging on all that extra baggage :D

Ashutosh Dudhatra
Ashutosh Dudhatra a year ago

Fascinating!

Thank you for the nomination Mark, it is always an honor; Thank you Tukup and Maria dB.

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

That is very cool, Sergio! I've photographed these but they just looked like walking fluff balls as they were completely covered in white and you could just see a foot or two. This is a really unusual spotting with the flower! Well done!

Tukup
Tukup a year ago

Nice Sergio. Congratulations on the nomination. Very unusual spotting.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Thank you SukanyaDatta, Machi, Tukup and ornithoptera80.

Ornithoptera80
Ornithoptera80 a year ago

Great pics Sergio!!!

Tukup
Tukup a year ago

We'll have to see if it catches on as a new fashion trend. Great spotting Sergio. Thanks.

Machi
Machi a year ago

Wow cool spotting! I have never seen one with a flower for camouflage! I have seen some with ant bodies, some with lichens, and other debris but never flowers. Very cool.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta a year ago

How odd! May be out of the box thinking...a genius lacewing in the offing. Wonderful observation. Thanks for sharing.

Sergio Monteiro
Spotted by
Sergio Monteiro

Santa Catarina, Brazil

Spotted on Dec 29, 2019
Submitted on Dec 29, 2019

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