Sunday, January 29, 2006
Lacewing fairy forest
There are lots of green lacewing (genus chrysoperla) adults around now flying in their tenuous fluttery way that makes you wonder if the attribute of flight is a good thing in their case. The larvae of these airy creatures (and the adults of some species) are major predators of the aphid populations which are just getting ready to explode. Go Lacewings! Here is one adult perched delicately among what looks like a fairy forest of jumbled fir trees. Those are the branches of euryops virgineus, a woody perennial with lots of small yellow flowers coming out right about now.