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Lacewing

Post by georgedingwall »

Hi all,

Here's a stacked image of a Lacewing I found in my kitchen this morning.

Not sure exactly which kind it is, but probably a Green Lacewing, Chrysopidae Chrysoperla carnea, in winter colour.

The field of view is about 2.5 mm wide.

Seems to have some sort of deformity in the base of the left antenna, unless that's the way they are meant to be.

D200 with Schneider Componon HM 40mm F2.8 Enlarger lens
2 seconds @ F5.6
69 frames with 0.04 mm adjustment stacked in Helicon focus.
Bellows and extension tubes.
Finished in Photoshop CS2.
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To paraphrase, the "eyes have it" George. Great picture!

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Hi Dave,
DaveW wrote:To paraphrase, the "eyes have it" George. Great picture!

DaveW
Thanks, Dave.

They are a bit on the prominent side. :shock:

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Post by Ken Ramos »

I think prominent is a bit of an understatement. You could sell this to Google :lol: Hey, a great job of stacking there George, excellent shot :D

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Super stack George. Beautiful subject also. Any way you can link to a full size pic....I must have this a a desktop wallpaper..." PRETTY PLEASE" :wink:
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Great stack there George. One of these days I'll have some equipment to do the same. Getting there slowly.
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Hi,
beetleman wrote:Super stack George. Beautiful subject also. Any way you can link to a full size pic....I must have this a a desktop wallpaper..." PRETTY PLEASE" :wink:
If you send me your email address by private message I'll email you a copy. Let me know you screen resolution so that I can size it correctly.

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Post by cactuspic »

Wonderful stack. How dow you like using your enlargfer lens?

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Hi Irwin,
cactuspic wrote:Wonderful stack. How dow you like using your enlargfer lens?

Irwin
I don't really think too much about it. :)

The main reason I use this particular lens is that it produces very good optical results at these magnificatons. I have other lenses which I use in different circumstances.

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Re: Lacewing

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georgedingwall wrote:Hi all,

Here's a stacked image of a Lacewing I found in my kitchen this morning.

Not sure exactly which kind it is, but probably a Green Lacewing, Chrysopidae Chrysoperla carnea, in winter colour.
Hmmm, I don't recall hearing that green lacewings ever have a brown phase. :-k

There are, however, brown lacewings (Hemerobiidae), see for example Micromus posticus at Bugguide.

Do you recall what the wings of this beast looked like? Usually brown lacewings have much darker wings, very different from the clear membranes of green lacewings.
Seems to have some sort of deformity in the base of the left antenna, unless that's the way they are meant to be.
I think the "deformity" is just an illusion caused by angle of view. The antennae have sort of a thick pedestal as their first segment. On the bug's left side, we seeing the pedestal from the side, with the rest of the antenna cocked down and sideways. On the bug's right side, we're seeing the pedestal more from its end, with the rest of the antenna cocked up and back. I agree that the antennae look weird from this angle, but I think everything's fine with the bug.

This is a very nice stack, BTW!

--Rik

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Hi Rik,
="rjlittlefield
There are, however, brown lacewings (Hemerobiidae), see for example Micromus posticus at Bugguide.

Do you recall what the wings of this beast looked like? Usually brown lacewings have much darker wings, very different from the clear membranes of green lacewings.

This is a very nice stack, BTW!

--Rik
I'm pretty sure it is a Green Lacewing in winter condition. My insect books are pretty clear about the loss of pigment prior to hibernation in winter.

The wings were totally clear. I also posted an image of part of one of the wings around the same time as the full insect.

I concede I might be wrong about the ID, but of several examples listed in my books, the descriptions given make it more likely that it is a Green Lacewing rather than a Brown one.

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Post by rjlittlefield »

The wing shot is pretty compelling that it's a green lacewing, not a brown.

And now that I search for it, I find descriptions of the color change too.

Well, there's one new thing I learned today. :D (One of about 20, I hope, or I'm gonna quickly fall behind!)

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Post by beetleman »

I am going to comment on this photo again George just to bring it to the top again....it is just an awesome capture :smt023
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