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I think this insect is the most beautiful I have ever come across here. This fella had one antennae missing, and was a little disorientated, but gave me the chance to take some pics and share his beauty with you all.

Ascalaphus labelloid longicornis is more commonly known as an owl fly. Owlflies are dragonfly-like insects with large bulging eyes and long knobbed antennae. They are not true flies, but rather neuropterans in the family Ascalaphidae, and as such are not closely related to the true flies at all; to the dragonflies and damselflies, they are even more distantly related.
Adult owlflies are aerial predators feeding on other insects. When disturbed, some owlflies will release a strong, musk-like, chemical to deter an enemy. . During the day, such adults rest on stems and twigs with the body, legs, and antennae pressed to the stem. The abdomen in a few species is held up, projecting into the air, to look like a broken twig. Most owlflies average about 2 inches in length. Adult Ascalaphinae such as Ululodes have large divided eyes, which is where the common name ‘Owlfly’ came from.
Eggs are laid on twigs or under stones. Larvae are predatory, and lie on the ground or in vegetation, covered with debris, waiting for prey. Larvae resemble those of ant-lions, but have a ‘finger-like appendage’ on the side of each segment. Some genera actively cement sand and debris onto their bodies as camouflage. Pupation occurs in a spheroidal silk cocoon in leaf litter.

Camera:Olympus FE-210
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Title:Ascalaphus labelloid longicornis
Username:CarolG CarolG
Uploaded:10 May 2010 - 4:59 AM
Tags:Bug, Close-up, Close-up / macro, General, Insect, Owlfly, Wildlife / nature
Votes:93
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metro074
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10 May 2010 - 5:08 AM

Absolutly superb Carol. Excellent detail. Well done. (dito)
Carol

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10 May 2010 - 5:17 AM

Excellent detail & colours Great--------Gary

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lesliea
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10 May 2010 - 5:25 AM

Beautiful images Carol nice colour and detail with nice DOF , Nice capture.

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Buffalo_Tom
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10 May 2010 - 5:41 AM

Well done Carol,fine set and well detailed.
Tom.

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jaktis
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10 May 2010 - 5:42 AM

A great write up of this great looking insect, so much to study here

Peter

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old timer
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10 May 2010 - 6:01 AM

A lovely insect indeed, Carol, and very informative blurb.
Jim

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W1ldside
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10 May 2010 - 6:13 AM

Scary Geezer Carol ~ Guess its a small trade off in terms of lovely people and fine weather in the Med!
Regards Rick

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KarenFB
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10 May 2010 - 6:28 AM

What a beautiful bug! You've caught it brilliantly - I love the details on its wings!

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Jekaro
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10 May 2010 - 6:42 AM

A really fantastic set of detailed images, Carol, superbly captured.
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pluckyfilly
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10 May 2010 - 6:47 AM

4 fabulous shots with huge detail each picture in perfection

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Ray42
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10 May 2010 - 6:54 AM

Four superb shots and a great informative write up Carol - never seen one of these before - I have now!!!

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EMJAYCEE
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10 May 2010 - 7:18 AM

Four excellent images with astounding detail. The information was also very much appreciated.
Joan.

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dmhuynh72
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10 May 2010 - 7:32 AM

interesting information complimented by a superb series of images Carol.

regards
Yung

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VIKI
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10 May 2010 - 7:41 AM

Wow these are magnificent shots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a beauty!

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viscostatic
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10 May 2010 - 7:50 AM

Isn't nature amazing and these photographs show it at its best Carol.

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prabhusinha
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10 May 2010 - 8:00 AM

Fantastic picture & write up.

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andylea
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10 May 2010 - 8:17 AM

stunning set of detailed captures carol wonderful colours v1 and v4 for me today nice ones Wink
andy

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mrswoolybill
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10 May 2010 - 8:39 AM

Such beautiful camouflage.
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jonwebber
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10 May 2010 - 8:45 AM

Brilliant detail.Ooops, forgot to vote
jon

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jonwebber
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10 May 2010 - 8:47 AM

So here it is

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fentiger
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10 May 2010 - 8:49 AM

Impressive macro photography.

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10 May 2010 - 8:49 AM

A brilliant shot from insect and flower paradise+++++
cor

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EAS
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10 May 2010 - 9:15 AM

Don't believe I've ever seen one of these. What incredibly beautiful wings! Like lace. Enjoyed the write-up too. Gorgeous set.

Ann

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PinkK
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10 May 2010 - 9:27 AM

Fantastic detailed set Carol!
Kaleena

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nigele1
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10 May 2010 - 9:54 AM

A fabulous series of shots, your stalking/following techniques must be superb.

Nigel

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barbarahirst
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10 May 2010 - 10:01 AM

Another fabulous set
V1 gets the click today !
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10 May 2010 - 10:12 AM

Thanks for all the info never seen one of these fab shots gray.

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gingerdelight
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10 May 2010 - 10:57 AM

Wonderfully detailed images - well taken.
Carol

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hary60
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10 May 2010 - 11:01 AM

What a stunning set the wing detail is just amazing
Harry

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Sylviwhalley
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10 May 2010 - 11:03 AM

Stunning shots of an amazing looking insect, he really is beautiful and you have captured him so well.
Sylvia

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TrevBatWCC
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10 May 2010 - 11:35 AM

What a super looking fly, Carol, despite him having lost an antenna! Stunning set of images as always.
TrevB Smile

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Joline
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10 May 2010 - 11:48 AM

Amazing little creature with a very impressive name.

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Rock
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10 May 2010 - 12:17 PM

Natures colouring is amazing.

Great work.

Rock

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taggart
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10 May 2010 - 12:58 PM

This is a most interesting and beautiful insect-- Thanks for sharing!
JEnnnnn

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glyndwr
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10 May 2010 - 1:22 PM

Pin sharp, nice upload.

Robert

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Cormy
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10 May 2010 - 2:22 PM

Your best ever methinks.
Cheers
Alan

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Suehh
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10 May 2010 - 2:47 PM

Excellent! Superb! Astounding!

Sue

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SandraKay
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10 May 2010 - 2:52 PM

Superb shots of this fascinating little insect.
Sandra

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Daisymaye
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10 May 2010 - 3:06 PM

Marvelous close-ups Carol. The detail is awesome...........Sandy

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MickyMc
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10 May 2010 - 3:48 PM

Great detail and information
Mavis

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10 May 2010 - 4:19 PM

Wow fantastic set of shots, Great editotial also.
Andy

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Mynett
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10 May 2010 - 6:25 PM

It really is a beauty, isn't nature grand? always something new to discover

Linda

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10 May 2010 - 6:47 PM

Superb set Carol and wonderful detail !!

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barmymarny
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10 May 2010 - 7:47 PM

Lovely capture. Well done.

Marilyn x

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Anjantoo
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10 May 2010 - 8:44 PM

Battered, confused but so beautiful Carol
Jann
xxx

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andymark
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10 May 2010 - 8:54 PM

this is one beauitful insect a great shot carol

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Stace
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10 May 2010 - 9:17 PM

Excellent Carol

Stace

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10 May 2010 - 10:36 PM

Such a beautiful insect
Mandy

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bromley-smith
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10 May 2010 - 11:16 PM

Amazing insect Carol, never seen one of those.
Tony

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Silverzone
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10 May 2010 - 11:37 PM

Absolutely beautiful. Never seen one before and your images show it in its full glory. Sylvia

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11 May 2010 - 3:57 AM

Excellent snap, excellent clarity and writeup.

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GlenD
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11 May 2010 - 4:48 AM

This is a great bug Carol. lovely write up along with smashing images
Nice one
Glen

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11 May 2010 - 6:37 AM

No 74 Carol, excellent detail

Bill

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Growmore
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11 May 2010 - 2:10 PM

Stunning captures Carol superb colour. Gary

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11 May 2010 - 7:18 PM

Fabulous!!! A

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bricurtis
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11 May 2010 - 8:35 PM

What amazing wing patterns and colour - never seen one of these Carol.
Brian.

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nickyv32
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12 May 2010 - 8:49 AM

Wow ! What an amazing insect, in No 2 he looks as though he is upside down looking at you, wonderful set

Nicky x

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12 May 2010 - 10:49 PM

A brilliant set of macro shots Carol, the wing detail and colour are awesome

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13 May 2010 - 8:36 AM

Great series of shot of this fascinating insect - Ina

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14 May 2010 - 3:21 AM

You never fail to deliver Carol,,wow,

Aidan,,

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MikeRC
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16 May 2010 - 10:40 AM

Wow !!! ....that's stunning.

.....Mike

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