All lacewings, owl flies, ant-lions etc., including their eggs, nymphs or larvae found in the Dandenong Ranges area. This includes the area from Police Paddocks to Upper Beaconsfield to Cockatoo to Mt Evelyn.
This fantastic antlion looked like many other things ( a piece of moulted reptilian skin, an abandoned cobweb with trapped insects and even dried-up bird dropping.) as it clung to a dried twig. Pic 4 is a dorsal view and Pic 5 from the underside showing a dark abdomen. The head, thorax and abdomen were dark with the last abdominal segments showing some yellow. Antennae were short with slightly curved tips. The spectacular wings looked like lace with dark patterns of black and brown. When in flight, the frames of the wings were hardly visible, showing flashes of dark spatters. Body length (including long fore-wings and antennae) would have been about 50 mm.
Spotted on a dry Goodenia plant in a nature reserve ( Wick's)
Glossy black coloured wings with white patterns and some metallic highlights at certain angles. Abdomen is completely covered by the wings. The head is orange with black eyes and fine black antennae. Legs black to dark brown. Long 'neck'. Wings in tall narrow tent shape.
Three meters up the trunk of a large E. melliodora there were approximately 6 individuals mostly just staring into each other's eyes. !?
Lacewing hatchlings popping out of geometrically angled rows of eggs. Like tiny ant-lions. Eggs are placed in alternate left-right angles in parallel lines. Each about 2mm I know other lacewings use long stalks to keep hungry larvae away from each other so maybe these alternate angled eggs are for a similar purpose?
Under bungalow eaves in suburban back yard..
40mm long; 4 long clear wings forming a tent at rest; long orange striped abdomen (flexible); small orange head and thorax; orange legs with dark tibia; very long, fine antennae (28mm);
This one fell off a tree nto the leaf litter on a public bush walking track.