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Pacific Northwest
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Janet Brien
Canon 100mm 2.8L
land shrimp
Chrysopidae
Green Lacewings


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The Amazing "Land Shrimp": Green Lacewing Egg & Nymph (Chrysopidae)

The Amazing "Land Shrimp": Green Lacewing Egg & Nymph (Chrysopidae)
When I was taking pictures of the tiny caterpillars the other day, I noticed incredibly small eggs that were attached to hair-like strands on twigs. Just for fun, I tried to get one in focus. Mind you, these eggs are about 1/32" or .5 mm in size. VERY SMALL. Gotta love this macro lens...I got several crystal-clear shots! But then I didn't know what I should do with the images, I didn't think it would be interesting enough by itself. However, the next day I came back to see the caterpillars and as I was taking pictures, I found more of these eggs. I am blessed with incredibly good eyesight at close range, so I could actually see them quite well. As I stared, I realized that one of them ... no... TWO of them were hatching at that moment!! No WAY!! I tried to get focus with my camera but these little guys were just too small and not bright enough. So I switched to manual focus and I GOT A PICTURE!!!! I could tell that it was fuzzy looking but it wasn't until I looked at the pictures on my computer that I saw how much this little guy looks like a LAND SHRIMP!!! :D How cute is that!! :D

A big THANK YOU to Dean Morley and Art (Leapfrog) for pointing me in the right direction for identification. I uploaded this to BugGuide and within an hour or two was rewarded with the positive identification: Green Lacewings (Chrysopidae)! HOORAY!!! :)

Keith Burton, Poulet Santivasa Anantnitivate, John Davies, Don Sutherland and 10 other people have particularly liked this photo


13 comments - The latest ones
 Dynamo
Dynamo
fantastic...
7 years ago.
 spih_2
spih_2 club
Wow!
7 years ago.
 Andrew Trundlewagon
Andrew Trundlewagon club
Very cool
7 years ago.
 Василий Касимовский
Василий Касимовский
Very interesting shot. The result is worth the labor.
7 years ago.
 Dinesh
Dinesh club
Amazing
7 years ago.
 Jim Boynton
Jim Boynton
Great way to present these shots Janet. Your eyesight MUST be amazing!
7 years ago.
 Dean Morley (mostly off)
Dean Morley (mostly… club
Superb shots Janet. These look to me like lacewing eggs and larvae. :-)
7 years ago.
 Rambonp
Rambonp
Superb !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
7 years ago.
 spacemouses
spacemouses
Well spotted. There's always something new out there to see.
What are they?
7 years ago.
 Don Sutherland
Don Sutherland club
Very beautiful.
7 years ago.
 Pam J
Pam J club
Stunning ... amazing.... wonderful... *running out of superlatives !!! *
7 years ago.
 Soeradjoen (away for some time))
Soeradjoen (away for… club
Fantastic!
Seen in P'TITES BEBÊTES EN MACRO.
7 years ago.
 Keith Burton
Keith Burton club
Brilliant macro work :)
7 years ago.

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