I’ve always had “what the…?” moments in my garden and struggled to get information to explain what is it that I am seeing. Here I plan to document some of my findings progressively. Check back if you’re interested in knowing what those random nests and larvae are in your garden.
This is another Lacewing. It is a larger species, known as Blue Eyes Lacewing (Nymphes myrmeleonoides). The body is up to 4cm long and wingspan can be up to 11cm. They are predators who eat soft bodied insects as well as nectar from flowering plants.
The larvae live on the ground and create pit traps in dirt or leaf litter for their prey which includes caterpillars, thrips and other soft bodied insects. They inject a venom and suck out the insides before impaling the carcass on a spike on their backs.
The eggs are laid in a horseshoe shape and consist of long threads with each oval shaped egg positioned at a 90 degree angle to the one before it. If I find some I will add them to this post!