Aphid Lions On Plants

Left: Aphid Lion on a Flower.
Right: Aphid Lion Magnified.

Many groups of insects, including the familiar lady beetles and less familiar aphid lions, prey on aphids and other small insects. Aphid lions are the larvae of lacewings (Order: Neuroptera). Aphid lions have long sharp mouthparts that extend in front of the head. The mouthparts are used to pierce prey, inject them with saliva and digestive enzymes, and tear or macerate the prey tissue into small chunks. This “extra-oral”…

Source: Living With Insects Blog

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