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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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CarolSnowMilne 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 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 11 years ago

Looks like it could be an owl fly (Neuroptera: family Ascalaphidae) -

CarolSnowMilne 11 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 11 years ago

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

CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

Is it some type of clear wing moth?

JeremyCherson 11 years ago

What is that thing?!

KarenL 11 years ago


CarolSnowMilne 11 years ago

Wonderful find!

Kassius Santos
Spotted by
Kassius Santos

Lavras, Minas Gerais, Brazil

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

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