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Unidentified Debris-Carrying Larvae

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Neuroptera (Antlions, Owlflies, Lacewings, Mantidflies and Allies)
Suborder Hemerobiiformia (Lacewings, Mantidflies and Allies)
Family Chrysopidae (Green Lacewings)
No Taxon Unidentified Debris-Carrying Larvae
Remarks
It seems that the trash carried by these larvae confers some protection against predatory lady beetles.
Leucochrysa is an example of a genus with trash-carrying larvae.
See Also
Green Lacewings for general information on this family.
Print References
Catherine Tauber, M.J. Tauber, & G.S. Albuquerque (2014). Debris-Carrying in Larval Chrysopidae: Unraveling Its Evolutionary History. Annals of the Entomological Society of America 107(2):295-314 (Full Text)
Internet References