Debris Carrying Green Lacewing Larva in Australia

Friend of The Ants
January 15, 2010
This unidentified creature was found along an ant trail in the window frame of our bathroom in the Northern Beaches area of Sydney, Australia. Although it looks like a lump of glue with some dirt sticking to it, underneath is has six widely spaced white legs with which it moves very slowly. There were two or three of these hanging about with the ants. Any ideas?
Thanks, Jane
Coastal Region, Sydney, Australia

Debris Carrying Lacewing Larva
Debris Carrying Lacewing Larva

Hi Jane,
We believe this is a Debris Carrying Larva of a Green Lacewing, and we don’t think it is a friend to the ants.  It may be preying upon the ants.  According to BugGuide:  “It seems that the trash carried by these larvae confers some protection against predatory ladybeetles.
The Insects of Brisbane website also contains some images of the larvae and adults of species from Australia.

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