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Ascalaphus labelloid longicornis

By CarolG  
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.

Tags: General Close-up Insect Bug Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature Owlfly

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metro074 8 8 Australia
10 May 2010 5:08AM
Absolutly superb Carol. Excellent detail. Well done. (dito)

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milky 14 Wales
10 May 2010 5:17AM
Excellent detail & colours Great--------Gary
10 May 2010 5:25AM
Beautiful images Carol nice colour and detail with nice DOF , Nice capture.
Buffalo_Tom 11 2.3k 9 Wales
10 May 2010 5:41AM
Well done Carol,fine set and well detailed.
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
10 May 2010 5:42AM
A great write up of this great looking insect, so much to study here

old timer 14 55 1 Scotland
10 May 2010 6:01AM
A lovely insect indeed, Carol, and very informative blurb.
W1ldside 8 29 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 6:13AM
Scary Geezer Carol ~ Guess its a small trade off in terms of lovely people and fine weather in the Med!
Regards Rick
KarenFB Plus
12 5.0k 171 England
10 May 2010 6:28AM
What a beautiful bug! You've caught it brilliantly - I love the details on its wings!
10 May 2010 6:42AM
A really fantastic set of detailed images, Carol, superbly captured.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 6:47AM
4 fabulous shots with huge detail each picture in perfection
Ray42 10 3 England
10 May 2010 6:54AM
Four superb shots and a great informative write up Carol - never seen one of these before - I have now!!!
9 10 10 England
10 May 2010 7:18AM
Four excellent images with astounding detail. The information was also very much appreciated.
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 7:32AM
interesting information complimented by a superb series of images Carol.

VIKI 11 18 1 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 7:41AM
Wow these are magnificent shots!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! What a beauty!
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 7:50AM
Isn't nature amazing and these photographs show it at its best Carol.

10 May 2010 8:00AM
Fantastic picture & write up.
andylea 9 37 1 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 8:17AM
stunning set of detailed captures carol wonderful colours v1 and v4 for me today nice ones Wink
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 8:39AM
Such beautiful camouflage.
jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 8:45AM
Brilliant detail.Ooops, forgot to vote
jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 8:47AM
So here it is
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
10 May 2010 8:49AM
Impressive macro photography.

Cor 9 Belgium
10 May 2010 8:49AM
A brilliant shot from insect and flower paradise+++++
EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
10 May 2010 9:15AM
Don't believe I've ever seen one of these. What incredibly beautiful wings! Like lace. Enjoyed the write-up too. Gorgeous set.

PinkK 8 80 1 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 9:27AM
Fantastic detailed set Carol!
nigele1 14 1
10 May 2010 9:54AM
A fabulous series of shots, your stalking/following techniques must be superb.

barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 10:01AM
Another fabulous set
V1 gets the click today !
10 May 2010 10:12AM
Thanks for all the info never seen one of these fab shots gray.
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 10:57AM
Wonderfully detailed images - well taken.
hary60 9 2 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 11:01AM
What a stunning set the wing detail is just amazing
10 May 2010 11:03AM
Stunning shots of an amazing looking insect, he really is beautiful and you have captured him so well.
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
10 May 2010 11:35AM
What a super looking fly, Carol, despite him having lost an antenna! Stunning set of images as always.
TrevB Smile
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
10 May 2010 11:48AM
Amazing little creature with a very impressive name.
Rock Plus
16 10 2 England
10 May 2010 12:17PM
Natures colouring is amazing.

Great work.

taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
10 May 2010 12:58PM
This is a most interesting and beautiful insect-- Thanks for sharing!
glyndwr 11 66 10 Wales
10 May 2010 1:22PM
Pin sharp, nice upload.

Cormy 10 3 England
10 May 2010 2:22PM
Your best ever methinks.
Suehh 11 39 6 England
10 May 2010 2:47PM
Excellent! Superb! Astounding!

SandraKay Plus
11 233 4 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 2:52PM
Superb shots of this fascinating little insect.
Daisymaye Plus
9 23 16 Canada
10 May 2010 3:06PM
Marvelous close-ups Carol. The detail is awesome...........Sandy
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 3:48PM
Great detail and information
wolf1 8 9 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 4:19PM
Wow fantastic set of shots, Great editotial also.
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 6:25PM
It really is a beauty, isn't nature grand? always something new to discover

10 May 2010 6:47PM
Superb set Carol and wonderful detail !!
barmymarny 8 1 1 United Kingdom
10 May 2010 7:47PM
Lovely capture. Well done.

Marilyn x
Anjantoo 10 7 1 England
10 May 2010 8:44PM
Battered, confused but so beautiful Carol
andymark 8 1 England
10 May 2010 8:54PM
this is one beauitful insect a great shot carol
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
10 May 2010 9:17PM
Excellent Carol

MandsH 11 England
10 May 2010 10:36PM
Such a beautiful insect
10 May 2010 11:16PM
Amazing insect Carol, never seen one of those.
Silverzone 10 2 England
10 May 2010 11:37PM
Absolutely beautiful. Never seen one before and your images show it in its full glory. Sylvia
11 May 2010 3:57AM
Excellent snap, excellent clarity and writeup.
GlenD 11 United States
11 May 2010 4:48AM
This is a great bug Carol. lovely write up along with smashing images
Nice one
madbilly 9 1 4 England
11 May 2010 6:37AM
No 74 Carol, excellent detail

11 May 2010 2:10PM
Stunning captures Carol superb colour. Gary
11 May 2010 7:18PM
Fabulous!!! A
bricurtis Plus
12 2.2k 49 England
11 May 2010 8:35PM
What amazing wing patterns and colour - never seen one of these Carol.
nickyv32 Plus
10 135 England
12 May 2010 8:49AM
Wow ! What an amazing insect, in No 2 he looks as though he is upside down looking at you, wonderful set

Nicky x
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
12 May 2010 10:49PM
A brilliant set of macro shots Carol, the wing detail and colour are awesome
Gezina 11 3 6 United Kingdom
13 May 2010 8:36AM
Great series of shot of this fascinating insect - Ina
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
14 May 2010 3:21AM
You never fail to deliver Carol,,wow,

MikeRC Plus
13 3.6k United Kingdom
16 May 2010 10:40AM
Wow !!! ....that's stunning.


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