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Owlfly larvae

Ascalaphidae sp.


Tiny newly hatched nymphs, maybe 1.5 mm long.


Hedgerow in semi rural wildlife habitat.


Crazy looking nymphs. No idea what species.

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MayraSpringmann 11 years ago


KarenL 11 years ago

All of the eggs seem to have now hatched & I was able to get some slightly clearer photos of the nymphs in daylight which I have added here. These are truly tiny though & hard to get decent macros of them.

KarenL 11 years ago

Thank you Jolly!
Keith, I had absolutely no idea what they were but luckily the folks at bugguide were able to ID this for me. I'm about to go & see if I can find them again & get some better photos. Hopefully I will get to see the adults this year too!

KeithRoragen 11 years ago

Awesome. I've never been lucky enough to see an Owlfly. How fortunate for you to be able to see and photograph this mass hatching.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 11 years ago

Nice one Karen

KarenL 11 years ago

Thanks Scott! bugguide have come back really quickly with an ID for this - owlfly larva. I took these with flash in bad light & high winds so I'll see if they are still about tomorrow so I can get some better pics!

ScottHarte 11 years ago

great spotting. The observation I have is that the body looks a bit like a ladybird beetle larva, though not sure about the head.

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Franklin, Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Jul 7, 2012
Submitted on Jul 8, 2012

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