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Libelloides macaronius

Libelloides macaronius
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Copyright: Christodoulos Makris (chrimakris) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1744 W: 79 N: 5425] (26007)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-04-20
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Just perfect! [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2011-05-25 4:47
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Libelloides macaronius (Scopoli 1763). Male
Synonym Ascalaphus macaronius

Libelloides macaronius is a colourful insect in the family Ascalaphidae (order Neuroptera).

It is a fast-flying relative of ant-lions with characteristic yellow and black wing pattern. The antennae are long and clubbed a characteristic of all the species in the family Ascalaphidae. The male has prominent claspers.

Libelloides macaronius is a daytime predator inhabiting warm, dry, uncultivated places from Slovenia to Caucasus, and is famous due to the unique spectral sensitivity of its dorsofrontal eye that ranges only over the ultra-violet part of the solar spectrum.

It captures flies and other small insects in mid-air with fast undulating flight. Often bask on low vegetation with wings open as in the photo but wings folded roofwise over body when truly at rest.

The larvae of Libelloides macaronius and the other species in the family Ascalaphidae are like those of ant-lion but make no pits. They live on the ground, among debris and under stones.

In Cyprus Libelloides macaronius is a common species especially at the lowlands.

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Hallo Christodoulos
Absolutely gorgeous! A striking image with lots and lots and lots of details to appreciate. I like the full framed composition and the very close point of view. A great macro. It reminds me of Flash Gordon. Why, I do not know, but it does. Thanks for sharing. Best regards.

Hello Christodoulos,
Incredible Neuroptera. It has unusual wings and abdomen looks like an african mask. Very interesting photo.

hello Christodoulos
very good sharpness great details and super good colours
very nice pose to see this insect very good
greeting lou

Hello Christodoulos,
A superb image of this interesting and colourful species, very good light and colours, splendid details sharpness, An excellent captured,
Thanks for sharing,
Best Regards,

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2011-05-25 6:34]

Hello Christodoulos.
Beautiful macro shot of this owlfly, fine details and splendid colours, excellent point of view and composition with a very good background.Best regards Siggi

Hi Chris,

Great macro shot of this Owl Fly, excellent capture of this fine pose, superb sharpness with incredible detail in the yellow and blacks, good exposure control that compliments the lovely colours, great job and well done,
Congratulations Chris and have a nice day,
Best Regards,


Hello Christodoulos, another show in this picture. Light and fabulous details, the other a large image. All the best, paul

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2011-05-25 6:47]

Hello Christodoulos,
Another awesome photo in perfect sharpness and details. Very beautiful colours against the soft blurred BG. Impressive mask on the abdomen. Great DOF and composition.

Hello Christodoulos,

sharpness, colours and background is very nice...congraculations...I hope that I will find this insect :) ...best regards...


HI Chris,

Very fine shot of this OWL fly.
Good POV & nice blurry BG. Well done & TFS.


Ciao Christodoulos, fantastic macro with great details, wonderful colors and splendid sharpness, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Christodoulos.
Great photo of this really interesting species. Amazing colours. Great depth of field. Excellent composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Ciao Christodoulos. Super perfect, detailed macro shot! Impressive colours.


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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-05-25 8:53]

Fantastic pic my friend..and beautiful and rare specie too,never seen in my fields.The pic is over the top of perfection,magnificent sharpness,colors and POV for the best result.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

Hello Christodoulos,
Sorry no time for very much comment I am very bussy at work.
Outstanding capture with splendid details, colors and exceptional focus. I wish I found such an amazing insect in Romania but I never seen it in my country.

Exquisite details and colours. regards yiannis

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2011-05-25 9:39]

Hello Christodoulos,
A superb view of a fabulous Owl-fly against a smooth background that makes it really stand out.
Excellent sharpness, beautiful light and colours and well framed.
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Interesting bug which I have never seen, great colors and focus!


Hallo Christodoulos,
a fantastic capture of this Libelloides, perfect from all aspect, very well done
Best regards

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2011-05-25 10:49]

Hi Christodoulos,
Splendid photo of this interesting species, TFS!

Hello Christodoulos
What a beautiful and interesting specie of insects, newer saw one or imagine one, great shot, well composed and natural colors. Well done!
Regards Hedesan

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2011-05-25 11:50]

Hi Christodoulos.
Excellent capture all the details on this interesting insect. Sharpness, light, color and DOF are perfect.Superb macro!! Thanks for sharing.
Best Regards, Milos.

Hi Christodoulos,
What is this???!!
Fantastic creature with impressive colours contrast.
Sharpness and details are impressive and te light management is Excellent!
Congratulations for this amazing shot!
Thanks for sharing

excellent subject, excellent details, colors and definition !
congratulations Chris and many thanks for such pictures!
have agood time,

ciao, tino

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  • vanda Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 338 W: 25 N: 754] (3673)
  • [2011-05-25 13:18]

Hi Chirs!
What a wonderful, colorful insect! It is illuminated by a splendid light, which makes the details stand out. Marvellous reflections on the body. Superb blurred BG.
Very well done my friend: congratulations.
Ciao! vanda

One of the most spectacular images of an insect ever presented in TN ..in my opinion! Bravo Christodoulos Makris, a breathtaking presentation!
George Veltchev

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  • cirano Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 997 W: 0 N: 944] (13609)
  • [2011-05-25 16:17]

Hello Christodoulos,
What an incredible beauty,excellent sharpness and taken from a great POV.Very nice colors and perfect details.TFS.

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2011-05-25 17:23]

Hello my friend Christodoulos !
One of the most impressive pictures of insects I have ever seen! I have no words to express how your pic impressed me. Many congrats and TFS.
Best wishes,

PS: thanks for visiting my gallery!

Hello Christodoulos,
Ένα προμήνυμα DOF! my friend!
No flaws here!... Congratulations, may be it's the best insects shot today in TN!
Regards, TFS

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-05-25 18:13]

Excellent point of view to get lovely image of this interesting owl fly with fine colors and details. tfs.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2011-05-27 4:02]

Hello Christodoulos,
A most spectacular species of Libelloides which you show here with a perfect shot. Sharpness, composition, colors, everything is so plaisant ( I feel that I repeat myself, looking at your shots)
In my area lives another species, L. coccajus.
Kind regards

Hello Christodoulos

Excellent and very beautiful photo of this insect,
with fine POV, great focus sharpness and details,
excellent contrast of the color tones, TFS


Excelente trabajo Christo,
yo también tengo algunas especies de este género
pero nunca consigo tu detedad !
Un abrazo: J. Ignasi.

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