Location: Austin, TX
August 2, 2010 12:59 pm
Not sure what this bug is but I’ve seen them a couple of times. They’re tiny and the stuff on it’s back is carcasses/carapaces of dead bugs. It’s like a hobo carrying around it’s home. These shots were taken at almost 5x magnification with a 35mm Canon 5D.
The bug’s head is out and visible in both shots. It’s hard to make out which parts are the bugs and which parts are detritus being carried along.
You excellent photos of a Lacewing Larva should help our readership to identify this formidable predatory that camouflages itself with the carcasses of its prey.