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  •  Very nice observations mole. The Chrysopidae (13+ / 0-)

    larvae are especially fascinating to me. I see many Chrysoperla drawn to our porch light but I've never seen their larvae before. I can see from your pics why I haven't. Talk about camo! You have sharp eyes. I'll have to start looking a lot closer. I'd love to add one to my collection. I have found the larvae of a close relative, what we call doodle bugs around here, the ones that catch their prey in little sandtraps they build. These are very easy to find because their sandtraps are easily seen and where there is one there are usually several, up to three dozen or more in one small area. They are usually in a somewhat sheltered location such as under a rock overhang or on the dirt floor of an unused building.  Couple pics, the first of the doodlebug larvae, You can see that they too are very well camouflaged, especially since they are 99% buried in sand at the bottom of their traps.   The next two of adult Chrysoperla, the green one being the normal color and the brown one being the color of some of the overwintering adults, that according to bugguide.  Both of the adults were taken in December.

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    Just give me some truth. John Lennon--- OWS------Too Big To Fail

    by burnt out on Wed Jan 16, 2013 at 09:40:37 AM PST

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