Submitted by Peter Smith on Wed, 28/08/2019 - 21:16

    Is it a larva of some kind?  With jaws like that I'm glad it's only 4mm long!


    Submitted by David Gould on Wed, 28/08/2019 - 21:23


    Yes, it's a lacewing larva. They decorate their backs with the husks of their victims as a form of camouflage.

    Submitted by David Gould on Thu, 29/08/2019 - 22:23


    The larvae are often well marked so I'm sure it would be possible to make some progress though I don't know how hard it would be to get to species. I don't have any references for the larvae but there is a UK recording scheme where you might be able to find out more: