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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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39 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 :-)

KathleenMcEachern
KathleenMcEachern 4 months ago

congratulations, Marta!

FelixO
FelixO 4 months ago

Congrats on the SOTW! great spotting!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 4 months 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 4 months ago

congrats!

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 4 months ago

Congratulations Marta, such a beauty!

Reza Hashemizadeh
Reza Hashemizadeh 4 months ago

Congratulations Marta !

DrNamgyalT.Sherpa
DrNamgyalT.Sherpa 4 months 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 4 months ago

Wonderful!

Wild Things
Wild Things 4 months ago

Congrats Marta!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 months ago

Congrats Marta. A well deserved SOTW.

shekainah d. alaban
shekainah d. alaban 4 months ago

Another wonder of the natural world.

SukanyaDatta
SukanyaDatta 4 months 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 4 months ago

Beautiful insect and well done on a great shot.

venusflytrap2000
venusflytrap2000 4 months ago

awesome spotting, congrats!

MahabaleshwaraB
MahabaleshwaraB 4 months ago

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

MarcTe
MarcTe 4 months ago

muy bonito!

Yasser
Yasser 4 months 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 4 months ago

Fantastico!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 months ago

Incredible find Marta. Well done.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 4 months ago

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

dandoucette
dandoucette 4 months 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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