CLOSED: Star eye

Citrus Heights, CA(Zone 9b)

What is this guy?

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Churchill, Victoria, Australia(Zone 10a)

It is a lacewing from the Insect order Neuroptera. Possibly from the Green Lacewing family Chrysopidae. Some lacewing nymphs are known as antlions and are fierce predators, building conical holes in sand as traps for their prey.

Citrus Heights, CA(Zone 9b)

I thought it was but I remembered more wing. Great eye huh? I have been waiting for these guys to show up. So that's what ant lions are cool! How about this guy?

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Blenheim, New Zealand

this one, looks very interesting . I will have to save, to buy a camera ,that can take those close pics

San Francisco, CA(Zone 10a)

Saw a lot of the second one or something similar when I was clearing and tilling under the winter cover crop in my community garden plot. It's a beetle, and I'd be interested in knowing if it was a pest or not. Mine, at least, are very quick to fly when disturbed. Similar to monterey's, red head, legs, and body with black elytra (The hard front wings characteristic of beetles. Had to look that one up.) About an inch long, I think.


This message was edited Mar 18, 2005 9:18 AM

San Francisco, CA(Zone 10a)

I think it might be a Soldier Beetle! If so, it's a good guy.

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This message was edited Mar 18, 2005 9:27 AM

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