Lacewing (Chrysopa perla)

Lacewings are mainly nocturnal and are rarely seen. However, when the emege from their cocoon, just like a damselfly or dragonfly they have to wait for their wings to straighten out and fill with blood and so, for a short time they are very vulnerable, not only to predators but also to the camera. I am sure this one would like to have flown away but it just had to sit on the leaf and hope I was friendly!

Lacewings live up to their name. They are exquisitely made little insects,with amazing patterns in their wings. Usually green, sometimes brown, this one with the black spots down its back inhabits deciduous woodland from May through until August.

Related to caddis flies, lacewing larvae tend to camouflage themselves with the empty skins of their victims; they eat mainly aphids.

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