Photo Courtesy of Guek Hock Ping/ZooKeys
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 realized: This thing’s new.”