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Aphid Lion

Chrysopidae

Description:

Aphid Lion is the larval stage of the Lacewing at first glance, it´s a fungus at the edge of a tangerine leaf, but suddenly you see that fungus has legs and walks quickly, always at the other side of the leafs or behind something. After some time, I got a picture of it´s head, with two sharp mandibles. Hummm . Then I took a closer look at the mess that it keeps in the back and realized that there are thousands of bodies of other animals, skeletons of animals that it hunts.

Habitat:

my tangerine tree

Notes:

the craziest hair design I´ve ever seen

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3 Comments

rubens.luciano
rubens.luciano 10 years ago

Nice "discovery" !

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 10 years ago

Kristal you are correct... Its called Aphid Lion or Lacewing larvae.
http://ausgarden.com/garden/good-garden-...

KristalWatrous
KristalWatrous 10 years ago

Some species of Neuroptera larvae cover themselves in lichen, debris, and even dead prey insects for camouflage. That's probably what this critter is, especially with mandibles like that. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Neuroptera

EduardoFrick
Spotted by
EduardoFrick

Guararema, São Paulo, Brazil

Spotted on Sep 15, 2011
Submitted on Sep 15, 2011

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