Lacewings and Mantispids (Neuroptera) - James Dorey
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Ditaxis biseriata first instar

Ditaxis biseriata first instar

This is a very up-close image of Ditaxis biseriata's first instar, not long after eclosion from and egg. As mentioned earlier they were able to move quite well, but seemed to keep dropping as if to get to the ground (where their nymphs emerged from). The fact that these guys seem to be [more or less] eyeless, with little cuticle colour makes me believe that they may well burrow into the soil.

Stack of 47 photos with 10x microscope objective

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