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Lacewing eggs

Order Neuroptera


A shimmering insect with sparkling eyes and transparent eggs. The most remarkable aspect are the stalked eggs, which it lays on pods and surface of leaves. Eggs are initially white, held at the end of long slender stalk, they gradually become darker in color.


Periyar National Park, Kerala, India

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Excelent capture subhojit ,congrats on the well deserved SOTD and thanks for sharing

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom a week ago

congrats on a great SOTD

Thanks DanielePralong, Mark Ridgway, Machi, Michael Strydom. @Mark, these are all white in color. I had to reduce the aperture to get the entire thing in one frame, eventually lost shine and the original white color. Thanks everyone.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a week ago

Congrats Subhojit. Ours are usually white or grey. I wonder what your pink ones will become.

DanielePralong a week ago

Michael and Machi thank you for your comments! And congratulations Subhojit, your lacewing eggs are our Spotting of the Day:

"Spotting of the Day! These delicate structures hanging off the tip of hairlike stalks are the eggs of insects called lacewings (order Neuroptera). These stalks are produced by glands in the female’s reproductive system, and may be found attached to wood, to leaves or even surfaces such as house windows and walls. Lacewing larvae are carnivorous and are prone to cannibalism. Laying eggs in this hanging sparse manner helps reduce cannibalism of the eggs and younger larvae by older larvae. Females will also deposit the eggs near a food source for the larvae".



Machi a week ago

The eggs being laid on stalks helps reduce cannibalistic behavior of the siblings who hatch first.

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom a week ago

Really love these everytime i see a pic. Great shot!

Kerala, India

Lat: 9.45, Long: 77.23

Spotted on Jan 8, 2019
Submitted on Jan 8, 2019

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