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Lertha sp.

Lertha sp.
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Copyright: Ali Koksal (alikox) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 52 W: 2 N: 78] (356)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-22
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Alpha DSLR A100, Vivitar 100/3.5 Macro
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-22 12:19
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Points: 10
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Lertha sp.
Thread-winged Spoonwing [EN] / Şeritkanat [TR]


First of all I would like to thank you all who commented on my previous post. :-)

After a long time I went to hiking at a valley, famous for its mulberries, near(ish) Ankara today. This strange insect was flying from one poppy seed pod to another.

I know this is not my best shot. After a few photos my batteries went dead, and it was gone before I put in a full one.

I guess two tailish extensions are modified hindwings. Have no idea what use they are for...

Many thanks to Peter (batu) for finding species name, and to Bayram (boreocypriensis) for providing Turkish name.


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To boreocypriensis: Teşekkürleralikox 1 06-23 06:27
To Argus: Thanksalikox 1 06-23 06:25
To batu: Thanks for finding family name.alikox 1 06-23 06:24
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Hello Ali,
this is a species belonging to the family Nemopteridae (Spoonwings, Thread-winged Lacewings)
of the insect order Neuroptera (Planipennia). However, I can't give you the excat species idetntity.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-06-22 12:39]

Hello Ali,

What an amazing insect! I know that it is frustrating when your camera begin to emit beeps because your battery are dead. Your picture is good enought to see that is a beautiful and strange insect and to allow identification. Very nice colours.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-06-22 12:49]
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Hello Ali,
A nice capture of a species of Nemoptera, a Thread-winged Spoonwing shown fairly clearly against a busy BG. Unfortunately I can't give the exact species name.
TFS this interesting contribution,
Regards, Ivan

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-06-23 1:29]

Ali Bey enteresan bir neuropter türü. elinize sağlık.

Ali Bey selamlar, Bu bir Nemoptera türü (Neuroptera takımından-Zaten Peter yazmış). Cins adı en azından bu. Ama tam tür adını bilemiyorum. Arka kanatları ince uzun olması ile "şeritkanatlı" deniyor. Çok güzel yakalamışsınız. Elinize sağlık. Paylaşım için teşekkürler. Sağlıcakla,


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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2008-06-23 8:32]

Hola Ali,
excelente captura amigo,
pov y original insecto,
buen trabajo,

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