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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 Check out Olympus Image Space!
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
metro074 e2 Member 4metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
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
Buffalo_Tom e2 Member 72322 forum postsBuffalo_Tom vcard Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
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
old timer  955 forum posts Scotland1 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2010 - 6:01 AM

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

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W1ldside
W1ldside  4 United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
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
Jekaro e2 Member 4Jekaro vcard United Kingdom
10 May 2010 - 6:42 AM

A really fantastic set of detailed images, Carol, superbly captured.
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pluckyfilly
pluckyfilly e2 Member 7282 forum postspluckyfilly vcard United Kingdom33 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2010 - 6:47 AM

4 fabulous shots with huge detail each picture in perfection

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Ray42
Ray42  6 England3 Constructive Critique Points
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
EMJAYCEE e2 Member 4EMJAYCEE vcard England9 Constructive Critique Points
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
dmhuynh72 e2 Member 6dmhuynh72 vcard United Kingdom3 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2010 - 7:32 AM

interesting information complimented by a superb series of images Carol.

regards
Yung

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VIKI
VIKI  7 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2010 - 7:41 AM

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

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viscostatic
10 May 2010 - 7:50 AM

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

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prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2010 - 8:00 AM

Fantastic picture & write up.

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andylea
andylea e2 Member 537 forum postsandylea vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
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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10 May 2010 - 8:39 AM

Such beautiful camouflage.
Moira

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jonwebber
jonwebber  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2010 - 8:45 AM

Brilliant detail.Ooops, forgot to vote
jon

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jonwebber
jonwebber  5 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
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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Cor
Cor  5 Belgium
10 May 2010 - 8:49 AM

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

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EAS
EAS e2 Member 5EAS vcard Scotland13 Constructive Critique Points
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
PinkK  480 forum posts United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
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
barbarahirst e2 Member 5barbarahirst vcard United Kingdom10 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2010 - 10:01 AM

Another fabulous set
V1 gets the click today !
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Gray_ina
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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
10 May 2010 - 10:57 AM

Wonderfully detailed images - well taken.
Carol

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hary60
hary60  5 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 - 11:01 AM

What a stunning set the wing detail is just amazing
Harry

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Sylviwhalley
Sylviwhalley e2 Member 797 forum postsSylviwhalley vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
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
TrevBatWCC e2 Member 5TrevBatWCC vcard England6 Constructive Critique Points
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
taggart e2 Member 942 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2010 - 12:58 PM

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

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glyndwr
glyndwr  666 forum posts Wales9 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2010 - 1:22 PM

Pin sharp, nice upload.

Robert

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Cormy
Cormy  6 England
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
SandraKay e2 Member 6230 forum postsSandraKay vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2010 - 2:52 PM

Superb shots of this fascinating little insect.
Sandra

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Daisymaye
Daisymaye e2 Member 5Daisymaye vcard Canada9 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2010 - 3:06 PM

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

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MickyMc
MickyMc  6 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 - 3:48 PM

Great detail and information
Mavis

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wolf1
wolf1  4 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 - 4:19 PM

Wow fantastic set of shots, Great editotial also.
Andy

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Mynett
Mynett  5137 forum posts United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
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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WindowonWildlife
WindowonWildlife e2 Member 4WindowonWildlife vcard United Kingdom4 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2010 - 6:47 PM

Superb set Carol and wonderful detail !!

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barmymarny
10 May 2010 - 7:47 PM

Lovely capture. Well done.

Marilyn x

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Anjantoo
Anjantoo  6 England1 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2010 - 8:44 PM

Battered, confused but so beautiful Carol
Jann
xxx

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andymark
andymark  4 England1 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2010 - 8:54 PM

this is one beauitful insect a great shot carol

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Stace
Stace e2 Member 5Stace vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
10 May 2010 - 9:17 PM

Excellent Carol

Stace

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MandsH
MandsH  7 England
10 May 2010 - 10:36 PM

Such a beautiful insect
Mandy

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bromley-smith
10 May 2010 - 11:16 PM

Amazing insect Carol, never seen one of those.
Tony

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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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samarmishra
11 May 2010 - 3:57 AM

Excellent snap, excellent clarity and writeup.

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GlenD
GlenD  7 United States
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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madbilly
madbilly  5 England4 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2010 - 6:37 AM

No 74 Carol, excellent detail

Bill

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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
bricurtis e2 Member 81872 forum postsbricurtis vcard England48 Constructive Critique Points
11 May 2010 - 8:35 PM

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

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nickyv32
nickyv32 e2 Member 6135 forum postsnickyv32 vcard England
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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Gezina  7 United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
13 May 2010 - 8:36 AM

Great series of shot of this fascinating insect - Ina

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Ridgeway
Ridgeway  7221 forum posts Ireland2 Constructive Critique Points
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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