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Forgotten Photo Friday: Brown Lacewing (Neuroptera: Hemerobiidae)

The snow is melting; there is a pond in our front yard. 

The exposed grass is – I swears – greening up a bit. 

Tree buds seem fuller. 

A many-hundred-strong flock of snow and Canada geese flew overhead, heading north, as I drove home from The University today. 

I think…I think…spring might actually be here. 

I’m hoping that this will be close to the last Forgotten Photo, at least until next winter rolls around.  Today’s installment is PINK and BROWN.  Very trendy colour combo (so I’m told).

Brown lacewing (Neuroptera:Hemerobiidae, Hemerobius sp.?)

A brown lacewing (Neuroptera: Hemerobiinae), which I am very tentatively going to call Hemerobius sp.  Like their green relatives (Chrysopidae), brown lacewings are carnivorous as larvae and as adults, feeding on aphids and other smallish critters; browns tend not to be encountered as frequently, however.  They deposit their eggs singly or in clusters on the underside of leaves; they are not stalked like those of the greens (the subject of much controversy in some circles).

6 responses to “Forgotten Photo Friday: Brown Lacewing (Neuroptera: Hemerobiidae)

  1. Adrian Thysse March 20, 2011 at 10:15 AM

    Love the back lighting on this one – great shot!

    Interesting link, too. 😉

  2. Alex Wild March 23, 2011 at 1:31 PM

    I’m with Adrian- the backlighting totally makes this photo!

    • TGIQ March 25, 2011 at 8:54 PM

      Thanks, Alex! 🙂 Since I don’t have an external flash, I’m a slave to ambient light…I’m still figuring out now best to play with it at different times of the day, and I was pretty happy with the effect on this shot.

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