Photo and caption by vipin baliga
Eggs, the packets of life.. Each Lacewing egg is placed on a stalk to protect it from predators. Here the larvae are developing inside each egg and are just a few hours away from hatching. Normally the eggs are deposited under a leaf very near to a group of aphids, which is the main food for these voracious feeders. Upon hatching they start devouring aphids, other soft bodied insects for a week and quickly attain a length of around 1/2". They go on to pupate in a silky cocoon, from which they emerge as a beautiful Lacewing.
Location: Virajpet, S-Kodagu, Karnataka, India