Sunday, June 20, 2010

Sunday Snapshot

This weird insect recently showed up at our house. I work with an entomologist, so I was able to find out that it was a mantid fly, also known as a "Lacewing". This one had just emerged, and was not quite "dry". Apparently, they use those spiny, modified front legs that look a bit like claws to catch prey, (other small insects, as the lacewing is less than one inch in length). Very interesting..........

Macrophoto of a Mantid Fly or Lacewing

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