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Greek lacewing

Nemoptera coa


If you are lucky to meet this unusually beautiful insect, then find a convenient place for photographing; the model is totally cooperative and gets nice poses on different plants around, without having to run from behind.


Endemic to Greece. Found in xeric mediterranean phrygana and grasslands. Photos are from two close sites and the yellow color is given by Genista acanthoclada, one of the most common and characteristic plants of garigue vegetation.


It is said that Linnaeus had sent a collaborator to Kos island in 1749 to seek out strange and new species of plant and animal, and he recorded a species, unique -at that moment- to the world, named it "Nemoptera coa", and sent a description of the species to Linnaeus.

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Tania17 4 years ago

Thanks Michael!

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 4 years ago

Congrats Tania17!! not sure how i missed this!! Great spotting and amazing creature!

Congratulations Tania17, your beautiful Greek lacewing have been voted Spotting of the Week by our Ranger team! Great photography series,endemic to Greece, interesting notes: all these won you the vote.

The Greek lacewing, of the Nemoptera genus, is Project Noah's Spotting of the Week! This stunning insect is characterized by unusually long hind wings. Three species of this insect live in Europe. Six photographs of this insect spotting were photographed in Greece!



Tania17 4 years ago

Neil and Tukup, thanks a lot.

Tukup 4 years ago

Congratulations Tania on the SOTW. Truly a beautiful insect. Well done!

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 4 years ago

Congratulations, Tania. This is a wonderful spotting.

Tania17 4 years ago

Thank you Mark!

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Congratulations Tania.

Tania17 4 years ago

I am very happy and thank you all for your kind words and especially Project Noah for the honor!
And -what a coincidence- today is World Environmental Day!

DanielePralong 4 years ago

Congratulations Tania! Beautiful species and great documentation efforts 🙂

LaurenZarate 4 years ago

What a wonderful creature!

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 4 years ago


Tania17 4 years ago

Thanks Leuba!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 4 years ago

lovely !

Tania17 4 years ago

Thanks a lot Mark.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 4 years ago

Great spotting Tania.

Tania17 4 years ago

Thank you Ashley for the nomination!

AshleyT 4 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

Tania17 4 years ago

Ιt happens to all of us; and, indeed, butterflies are a mess!

Tukup 4 years ago

Senior moment 😊 I actually do know they aren't butterflies, but that message didn't reach my brain before I hit "Post comment."

Tania17 4 years ago

Yes, a completely cooperative little creature; perhaps because it is not a butterfly! ;-))
Thank you Tukup for your kind words.

Tukup 4 years ago

Cooperative butterfly? I thought the two terms were mutually exclusive 😊 What a beauty Tania. Thanks for sharing these fotos.

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Αττική, Greece

Spotted on May 27, 2019
Submitted on May 28, 2019

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