Lacewing egg, LM

Lacewing egg, LM

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Caption: LM of a common green lacewing (Chrysoperla carnea) egg, above the surface of a leaf. A female lacewing deposits up to 200 eggs per reproductive period, attaching each to the top of a hair-like filament. The image shows the last 10% of the long filament with the attached egg. Suspending the egg above the leaf protects it from predation. The egg later hatches into a carnivorous larva feeding mostly on aphids. Microscopic contrast method : incident brightfield. Magnification 50x when printed at 10 centimetres wide.

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Keywords: animal, biological, biology, breeding, chrysoperla carnea, common green lacewing, development, egg, elevated, fauna, filament, incident brightfield, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, leaf surface, life cycle, light micrograph, nature, protection, raised, reproduction, stalk, wildlife, zoological, zoology

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