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Lacewing Larvae Hatching

A just hatched Lacewing larvae on the egg no larger than the eye of a sewing needle. Image cropped and Sharpened in Picasa.

Hand held, took 70 to 80 images to get a few usable. Shot with the FZ30 lens at 420mm plus three stacked macro lenses.
A Nikon T-6 (2.9 diop); Nikon T-5 (1.5 diop); and Raynox CM-2000 Macro Explorer 2.5x(8.0 Diop).

Mother Nature has developed this ingenious method to perpetuate the Lacewing. Immature lacewings are fierce hunters, and if eggs hatched,
the young would quickly devour one another. The female Lacewing deposits each egg at the end of a stalk, so by the time a newly hatched
Aphid Wolf or Aphid Lion climbs down, its brothers and sisters have already wandered away.
Green Lacewing Larvae, known as an Aphid Wolf will often cover themselves with debris including the empty skins of their victims, as camouflage.

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ30 ,Nikon T-6 + T-5 + Raynox Macro 2.5x
1/40s f/8.0 at 84.6mm iso80 full exif

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