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Owlfly

Ululodes macleayanus

Description:

Body about 1.5" long and probably longer when her abdomen isn't contorted at a right angle. Wings look like dragonfly wings, but lay back. Eyes are more fly-like. Antennae are very long butterfly-like with bulb shapes at the end. Abdomen stuck out at 90 degrees when I approached specimen. Parasite appears near right eye.

Notes:

Found her at dusk - on a metal shepherd's crook in our yard. From spots on wings and lack of hair on abdomen, this would appear to be a female.


2 species ID suggestions

Owl fly
Ululodes macleayanus

7 Comments

freelancing
freelancing 6 years ago

Thanks for the comments and the ID help!

I suggested it for the creme colored pterosigma and the black spots on the ends of the wings. What star print? Can you send a link to a pic?

Aaron_G
Aaron_G 6 years ago

Nice spot. It's definitely an owl fly but that's all I know. ;-)

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 6 years ago

I don't know, Cindy, this spotting doesn't have those star printed eyes, like U. Quadripunctatus have.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 6 years ago

Maybe an owl fly.

Kaufman, Texas, USA

Lat: 32.58, Long: -96.31

Spotted on Jun 5, 2012
Submitted on Jun 6, 2012

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