Subject: Weird Bug
Location: Sydney, Australia
August 19, 2016 7:19 pm
We found this bug in our garage, any idea what it is?
These are most likely Blue Eyes Lacewing Eggs. The hatchlings are such fierce and beneficial predators that the species has evolved, indeed many members of the order Neuroptera have evolved, so as to lay eggs in a manner that will help protect the hatchlings from being eaten by one another. The duration needed for each individual to hatch and climb down the stalk helps to separate it from its siblings in both time and space. You may verify our identification on the Australian Museum site where it states: “The larvae are ambush predators with traplike jaws feeding on small invertebrates found in the leaf litter.”