Lacewings and Mantispids (Neuroptera) - James Dorey
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Ditaxis biseriata eclosion

Ditaxis biseriata eclosion

The first instar nymphs have emerged from their eggs, with most of their siblings already gone, these few remaining will eventually drop from the egg cluster. Once dropped they are able to climb over obstacles but seemed to want to keep heading down/dropping until they got the ground.

I guess that once on the ground they would burrow down to spend their time as nymphs in the soil before finally emerging to moult into an adult form. I believe that many Mantispid nymphs are parasites of other invertebrates such as spiders and wasps.

23 photos with a 100mm macro on a 135mm bellows

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