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Owlfly

Ascalaphus macaronius

Description:

It was described in 1763 by the correspondant of Carolus Linnaeus, Johannes Antonius Scopoli, while he was a physician in Slovenian mining town Idria. Ascalaphus is a daytime predator inhabitating warm, dry, uncultivated meadows from Slovenia to Caucasus, and is famous due to the unique spectral sensitivity of its dorsofrontal eye that ranges only over the ultra-violet part of the solar spectrum. Ascalaphus lives as an adult imago only for approximately two months in the summer; even then, it is actively hunting only under unobscured skies.

2 Species ID Suggestions

dotun55
dotun55 7 years ago
Owlfly
Libelloides coccajus Owlfly


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18 Comments

VitoSarancha
VitoSarancha 6 years ago

Thank you for compliment

staccyh
staccyh 6 years ago

Lovely photo

IrinaSh
IrinaSh 6 years ago

Прекрасный кадр!Необычная бабочка!Аскалаф пестрый!Замечательно!

The MnMs
The MnMs 6 years ago

Beautiful!

injica
injica 6 years ago

omg... Neuroptera not Lepidoptera, not a butterfly!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

moved to arthropods :-)

FFHRheingau
FFHRheingau 7 years ago

Great shot! Only thing I have to "complain" about: the missions don't fit since the owlflies don't belong to butterflies/moths (Lepidoptera) but to the order of Neuroptera.

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 7 years ago

Marvelous!

Beautiful! I've moved this to the Arthropods category for you.

patty
patty 7 years ago

Amazingly shaped butterfly and pictures! =)

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 7 years ago

Wow extraordinary :)

Stunning capture!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 7 years ago

wow beautiful

Jopy
Jopy 7 years ago

Super, I have the same, two owlflies mating! Odlican spotting:)

dotun55
dotun55 7 years ago

Very fine capture

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 7 years ago

Gorgeous Owl Fly!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 7 years ago

Beautiful

dotun55
dotun55 7 years ago

Owl fly!

VitoSarancha
Spotted by
VitoSarancha

Croatia

Spotted on Jun 21, 2013
Submitted on Jun 22, 2013

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