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Mystery bug - Chrysoperla

Mystery bug - Chrysoperla
Palmer, Mat Su Borough County, Alaska, USA
June 21, 2007
Size: approx 1/4"L x 1/8"W
This is also a link to my photobucket account with a pic from above.

It came out rather blurry but i think it may help in identifying this thing. As a born and raised native to Alaska, and a avid outdoor person i have never in my life come across a bug such as this one. I first noticed it when i felt a "pinch" or "sting" on my forearm while leaned up against a pickup truck. I looked down to see this fellow. My fiance' was putting together a garden cart that was made in China. My first thought was it came outta the box. I ran inside to get my camera to snap a picture before he crawled away. It's size is approx a 1/4 inch in length and travels quite fast. The spot on my arm where it either pinched or bit me is about the size of a pimple, red and raised up. It itched at first, although after a few seconds, maybe a minute, it quit. However the lump is still there. Need i be worried? What is this bug? Is it from China? Or have i just never looked close enough to see one in my home state. The picture coloring didnt show the gradual color change in its body. It went from a brownish color on the upper portion of its body to a orangish color near its tail. I'm not sure whether it was the tail that got me or the pinchers. I'm assuming the pinchers. Although it's tail came to a rather sharp point.

I did not keep the bug, although now im having second thoughts on letting it roam free.

Moved from Larvae.


#120554 Identification – Chrysopidae sp.
Identification. Suggest for frass.


Thanks Stephen and Eric for all your help. I will keep an eye on the wound. It's gone down in size, but appears more red than yesterday evening. I can actually see the hole in my skin where it injected its venom/enzymes. Thanks again.


No need to fear, this is a La
No need to fear, this is a Lacewing larva. As the bite/pinch is slightly irritating, there should be no long term problems. Check out some other images in the guide.

Yes, and...
Lacewing larvae are also called "aphid lions" because they are voracious consumers of those plant pests. They skewer a victim on their jaws and inject enzymes that pre-digest the prey. They then suck out the resulting "soup." So, no wonder those enzymes are irritating to us, too! Some people have more pronounced reactions to the bites of lacewing larvae than others, so do keep tabs on the wound. Seek medical help if you experience any drastic symptoms such as shortness of breath, racing heartbeat, severe cramping, etc.

Thanks Stephen and Eric for all your help! It's greatly appreciated.

I dont think I need to worry about a reaction to the lil guy. The spot red pimple like spot has gone down and is now somewhat flush with my skin( i can barely feel it when i rub my finger across it) although it is still red, moreso than yesterday evening. But i will keep and eye on it. I can actually see a hole when it injected it's enzymes in me.

Thanks again!!


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