Sunday Sketch: Lacewing Trash-Packages

Why bother with camouflage when you can just play dress-up? The larvae of green lacewings (order Neuroptera) blend into their surroundings by attaching bits of debris to small, hook-like structures on their backs. These “trash-packages” can consist of plant matter, lichen, dirt, or even the dead bodies of their prey (aphids)! 

Sketch and fact contributed by Elizabeth Postema

Source: Nakahira, K., & Arakawa, R. (2006). Defensive functions of the trash-package of a green lacewing, Mallada desjardinsi (Neuroptera: Chrysopidae), against a ladybird, Harmonia axyridis (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae). Applied Entomology and Zoology, 41(1), 111-115.

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