Friday, February 28, 2014
Well done for finding this super-predator of the micro world Maddie! The reason that this lacewing goes to such length to disguise itself is that it has to avoid the police... in the form of ants, who would keep it from its food source, green aphids. Sometimes the lacewings will glue dead aphids on their backs to avoid the ant patrols that police the aphids to drink their sweet excrement. Yuk! But that's how it works... The aphids suck the plant sap and excrete the sugars that the ants love. The green lacewing larvae try to steal and "aphid sheep" for lunch, and the ants try to keep the lacewing wolves out. What a fascinating world.