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Nemoptera bipennis


The summer is so close here in southern Spain. It is time to watch the adult of Nemoptera bipennis flying around the Pine trees. This is one of the most beautiful species of the Neuroptera order.


It lives near the sand ground patch between Pine trees (Pinus pinea) in the southern Spain, flying on the grass carpet which grows in the sand patches.


Commonly named as 'lion-and', due to its larvae, which are active predator of ants.

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Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

ID - Spoonwinged Antlion.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 11 years ago

Is it a 3D picture... unable to see it clearly... amazing texture and exposure.

XemaRomero 11 years ago

Thanks for the comments.

These adult stage of Neuroptera (from the family Nemopteridae) are quite beautiful.
When you walk on soft soils as sand you can see little conic holes, which are the ant-traps of larvae stage of this kind of insect.

eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 11 years ago

También te he añadido enlaces en "Referencia", así queda el spotting más completo.

VivBraznell 11 years ago

What a fabulous insect! I have never seen anything like this before. The markings are very beautiful. Congratulations on a beautiful photograph!

eulalia rubio
eulalia rubio 11 years ago

Preciosa imagen. Xema, bienvenido a PNoah, esperamos que continúes contribuyendo con tus maravillosas fotos y observaciones de la naturaleza. ¿Conoces las misiones? por si no es así yo te voy a incluir algunas.
Yo pondría alguna etiqueta más, serviría para los que andan buscando ID (aunque sean cosas evidentes: insecto, alas amarillo marrón, etc).

gatorfellows 11 years ago

How lovely. I am enjoying seeing the beautiful insects of other places.

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Castellar de la Frontera, Andalucía, Spain

Spotted on May 21, 2012
Submitted on May 21, 2012

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