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Semachrysa jade new lacewing species
Semachrysa jade new lacewing species, originally uploaded by Guek Hock Ping.

One day in May of 2011, Shaun Winterton was looking at pictures of bugs on the Internet when something unusual caught his eye.

It was a close shot of a green lacewing — an insect he knew well — but on its wing was an unfamiliar network of black lines and a few flecks of blue.

Winterton, a senior entomologist at the California Department of Food and Agriculture, has seen a lot of bugs. But he hadn’t seen this species before.

I sent the link to a few colleagues of mine, Winterton told The Picture Show. They hadn’t seen it either. And I realised: This thing’s new — via redwolf.newsvine.com

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