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Green Lace Bug - Chrysoperla comanche

Green Lace Bug - Chrysoperla comanche
Rowland Heights, LA County, California, USA
March 23, 2013
I found this lace bug in my windowsill and when I took pictures of it, I noticed beautiful star patterns reflected on its eyes. I would like to know its ID and why its eyes emit such a beautiful color.

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Green Lace Bug - Chrysoperla comanche Green Lace Bug - Chrysoperla comanche

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Re: Eye color
I can also comment a bit on the eye color. Green lacewings have what's known as structural color. The gist is that every ommatidium (the individual units that make up the compound eye) is pigmented identically. However, the exact microscopic structuring causes these units to reflect different colors of light from different angles. This frequently results in these star-shaped patterns appearing in photos. The rather remarkable result even inspired the common name of "golden-eyed lacewings" to members of this family as well as the scientific name of another species, Chrysopa oculata.

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Nice Photos
Yo, Vinny [sorry, couldn't resist],
Nice photos. I'm impressed with macro results with an NEX
Robert

Not an expert but looks like a Chrysoperla.


Can't answer your question on the eye shine, something to do with the flash I suspect.

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