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Owlfly larva

Family Ascalaphidae


I posted owlfly larvae photos before, but I wanted to share this one. Notice how the longitudinal streak in the back of the larva aligns perfectly to the leaf's stem. That would be natural if the larva was vegetarian, feeding on sap from the stem, but they actualy are predators of other small animals.

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Juan DiTrani
Juan DiTrani 8 years ago

wow!, I have never seen one of these

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 8 years ago

What a dangerous but interesting looking larva. That longitudinal line makes it merge well with the leaf- brilliant ! thanks.

Sergio Monteiro
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Sergio Monteiro

Curitiba, PR, Brazil

Spotted on Nov 5, 2014
Submitted on Nov 8, 2014

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