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What is this? Lacewing Larva with debris camouflage.

Can someone please assist me in the identification of this insect? There is some kind of a small insect under this conglomeration of stuff. It looked like a piece of dust blowing against the side of my mom's house. When I looked more closely, I could see it walking along the surface of the house. At the top of this image is the head with large pinchers visible, reminiscent of a Stag Beetle or a Pinching Beetle. But this insect is very small, perhaps an eighth of an inch across or slightly larger. And what is all that stuff on the insect's back? It looks like tiny pieces of vegetation and plant seeds. I really wanted a better view of the insect underneath. I have been unable to locate any references to anything like this in any of my insect books. This is a 3:1 macro. This was imaged on November 05, 2008, in rural northern New Jersey, USA, in the Lyons section of Bernards Township in northeastern Somerset County. Camera: Canon 350D and Pre-AI Micro-Nikkor 55mm f3.5 lens and Nikon PK-3 1:1 tube and Samigon f-mount 3X teleconverter plus Fotodiox Nikon mount to Canon mount adapter ring, hand held, manual focus, manual mode, 1/200 sec, ISO 400, with fill-in flash from camera's built-in electronic flash.

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Taken on November 8, 2008