Larva with camouflaging junk on top. Tiny video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2BKXmLt52yo since it's otherwise hard to believe that we're actually looking at a live thing!
Field Notes - first lacewing of the season. larvae were around a couple of weeks ago. Chrysopidae
On an ornamental banana tree.
Green lacewings are insects in the large family Chrysopidae of the order Neuroptera. There are about 85 genera and (differing between sources) 1,300–2,000 species in this widespread group. Members of the genera Chrysopa and Chrysoperla are very common in North America and Europe; they are very similar and many of their species have been moved from one genus to the other time and again, and in the non-scientific literature assignment to Chrysopa and Chrysoperla can rarely...