So, on the edge of your seat, right? Sorry for the delay in the follow up post. My shoulder/back decided it was tired of being not in pain and I pulled a muscle while
saving an old lady from drowning laying the baby down for a nap. I know, horrible. But in my defence, I’m old(er) and he’s a huge baby.
But, now that I can sit normally for longer than two minutes I will let you out of your misery and tell you what that crazy u-shaped, ricey thingy was.
It is a cluster of Blue Eyed Lace Wing eggs!! Next question, what’s a lacewing, right?
This is a lacewing…
Now, before you go saying, “But Lisa, isn’t that a Dragonfly,” and me and all the other bug nerds smack you for not paying attention, let me point out that unlike dragonflies, lacewings fold their wings in a tent shape, have antennae, are in the Order Neuroptera. And last I checked, not one person had a lacewing tattooed on their person.
That little cluster of rice looking things are actually the eggs. Isn’t is so neat? Every other one goes sideways and it’s in the perfect shape of a ‘u’. I think it’s safe to say that lacewings are a bit <whispers> OCD.
But one thing the larvae are not, is cute. Get a hold of these ugly babies.
Makes your head itch just looking at them, doesn’t it? But no need to worry, these ugly ducklings want nothing to do with your beautiful coiffure. They’re hunters of other small insects, like those stinking aphids eating up my tomato plant leaves. My ladybugs are either outnumbered or lazy.
So, the next time you see a cluster of u-shaped rice you’ll know what it is. And before I go, I know you’ve probably all seen these from time to time…
I see them a lot on screen doors and lately, clothes pins! These are also lacewing eggs. But another species of lacewing, probably more like this guy…
Now, I do have both green lacewings and their eggs around my house but when I went to get pictures today, my battery was flat. It was like the second time that’s ever happened. The first time was during an event where I was the only photographer and not only did my battery die, I forgot to bring the charger. Yeah.
So, now it’s your turn. Can you find any lacewing eggs around your house?