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Spoonwings

Nemoptera bipennis

Description:

Los Neurópteros han sido considerados desde antiguo como una mezcla de libélulas y mariposas. Las características más representativas de la especie son: el par de alas membranosas y fuertemente venadas que poseen una coloración típicamente de camuflajes con tonos verdes y blanco pajizo. Las alas posteriores vestigiales (sin capacidad para volar) se reducen a una estrecha banda con tres nervaduras longitudinales que se ensanchan en el extremo formando un tirabuzón. El cuerpo incluyendo cabeza, tórax y abdomen no suele superar los 2 cm de longitud. Las alas funcionales alcanzan los 3 cm y las alas posteriores pueden llegar a los 5 cm. La cabeza es estilizada con un par de antenas filiformes y unos ojos compuestos de color pajizo. Los machos presentan unos cercos en el extremo del abdomen, que usarán para sujetar a la hembra durante la cópula. La larva tiene una morfología muy singular. Posee un "cuello" extremadamente largo en cuyo extremos se sitúan dos pinzas con forma arqueda. Este "cuello" representa la mitad de la longitud de la larva.

Habitat:

It is found in Spain, Portugal and France. Nemoptera bipennis lives in calcareous areas with low vegetation.


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40 Comments (1–25)

Hello all! Many thanks for choosing my spotting as SOTD! Sorry I had not noticed until now. I have been in a trip in Costa Rica for three weeks and I did not entered FB and PN for a while. It makes me very happy that an earlier spotting was chosen. Thanks to all for liking it again :-)

congratulations, Marta!

FelixO
FelixO a day ago

Congrats on the SOTW! great spotting!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway a day ago

Everyone's talking about this spotting Marta. How did I miss this beauty !? Congratulations on your well deserved SOTW !! Such and exciting find...

Congrats again Marta,now on the well deserved SOTW,thanks for sharing such a beautifull and interesting spotting page

outsidegirl0
outsidegirl0 a day ago

congrats!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 2 days ago

Congratulations Marta, such a beauty!

Congratulations Marta !

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 2 days ago

Grand, Marta!

What a beautiful creature!! Thank you so much for sharing, Marta RubioTexeira.
How did I ever miss that wonderful spotting!!

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 2 days ago

Wonderful!

Wild Things
Wild Things 2 days ago

Congrats Marta!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 2 days ago

Congrats Marta. A well deserved SOTW.

Another wonder of the natural world.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 2 days ago

Each time I viist Project Noah, I count a new blessing (many blessings)...this one is one such. Before I saw this photograph I had not known about the existence of Moonwings (my loss). Thank you Marta RubioTexeira

BarbaraSing
BarbaraSing 2 days ago

Beautiful insect and well done on a great shot.

venusflytrap2000
venusflytrap2000 2 days ago

awesome spotting, congrats!

MahabaleshwaraB
MahabaleshwaraB 2 days ago

Wow, what a lovely picture and the creature.....

MarcTe
MarcTe 2 days ago

muy bonito!

Yasser
Yasser 2 days ago

Marta, congratulations on earning the Rangers' Spotting of the Week selection with this great series of one of Iberia's most beautiful insects!

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Maria dB
Maria dB 3 days ago

Fantastico!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 days ago

Incredible find Marta. Well done.

What a beauty! I missed this one... Congratulations, Marta.

dandoucette
dandoucette 4 days ago

Amazing! Looks like a cross between dragonfly and butterfly.

Thank you Chun and Emily! :-)

Navarredonda de Gredos, Castilla y León, Spain

Lat: 40.35, Long: -5.11

Spotted on Jul 15, 2012
Submitted on Aug 5, 2012

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