Study in yellow

chrysoperla carnea

f/4, 1/250, ISO 1000, 100mm


A shot from October that I had overlooked. Lacewings appear delicate but are formidable predators of aphids. According to my Collins Complete Guide to British Insects, ‘the larvae of some species camouflage themselves with the dead skins of their prey’ (p.106). I thought it was pretty, toning with the autumn colour of my dogwood tree. Lacewings look amazing in flight; a photographic challenge for this year perhaps…

chrysoperla carnea

Cropped for those who like their bugs up close and personal

18 thoughts on “Study in yellow

      • Ah, I am guessing you live somewhere very different from me. If you mean the preying mantis, then that’s not a option in cold, wet, windy England! I did try nematodes for the out-of-control slug population of my previous, walled garden. But it didn’t work. The slugs are not so much a problem here, where the garden is more open, although they were certainly better controlled when we had a hedgehog.

  1. If you have any left over from mvschulze, I could sure use bunches. The aphids were all over my winter veggie garden. Then again, I think the snails didn’t leave a whole lot for me, not to mention the slugs.

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