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Can someone tell me who is this guy? I have never seen anything like this before. Pay attention to the eyes of this insect, are 4 in total, two normal, like a butterfly, and two facing downwards.

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11 Comments

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

I shared it on my facebook page because it is a great insect find. Congrats! Your Owlfly is so cool!

Kassius Santos
Kassius Santos 9 years ago

Thanks Kristal, I also believe that it is a Neuroptera. But which species would be this? Has anyone seen something similar before?

KristalWatrous
KristalWatrous 9 years ago

Yep, definitely owlfly (Neuroptera: Ascalaphidae: subfamily Ascalaphinae). The divided eyes are a characteristic distinct to this subfamily. If I can figure it out more specifically I'll let you know.

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Kristal! Wow! I first thought it was a dragonfly, then a moth, then I didn't know what. You are SPOT on! Great ID job.

KristalWatrous
KristalWatrous 9 years ago

Looks like it could be an owl fly (Neuroptera: family Ascalaphidae) - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Owlfly.

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Maybe this is why there r so many Tinker Bell fans here in the USA. It certainly fits the part! HA! She looks like a Queen!

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 9 years ago

The missing link of the insect world! A candidate for Enigmatic Spotting of the Day ;-)

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Is it some type of clear wing moth?

JeremyCherson
JeremyCherson 9 years ago

What is that thing?!

KarenL
KarenL 9 years ago

Wow!

CarolSnowMilne
CarolSnowMilne 9 years ago

Wonderful find!

Kassius Santos
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Kassius Santos

Lavras, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Spotted on Nov 26, 2011
Submitted on Nov 26, 2011

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