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Libelloides macaronius

Libelloides macaronius
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Copyright: Volkan Eroglu (Gramineae) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 62 W: 3 N: 212] (1074)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-06-27
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D-5000, 18-55mm AF-S Nikkor
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/400 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2011-06-29 1:46
Viewed: 3388
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Ascalaphinae are the namesake subfamily of the owlfly family (Ascalaphidae), winged insects of the order Neuroptera. Most are found in the tropics. Their characteristic apomorphy is the ridge which divides each of their huge compound eyes; they are thus known as split-eyed owlflies.

Like the other owlflies, they are insectivores. Imagines are cumbersome fliers and lack the strong mouthparts of dragonflies (which owlflies resemble at first glance, despite being not at all closely related insects) or other decidedly predatory insects, they are restricted to small and defenseless prey. The larvae on the other hand resemble antlions in appearance and habits and are voracious ambush predators, able to tackle prey like ants that will not be eaten without a struggle.

The split-eyed owlflies form one of the two main lineages of living Ascalaphidae, the other being the Haplogleniinae which have unsplit eyes like their ancestors. The first fossil record of the Ascalaphinae dates to the Miocene, and the subfamily thus probably evolved in the latter half or towards the end of the Paleogene.

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great insect great capture, greetings Ori

Hello Volkan,
Very beautiful image indeed. A little more DOF would have been nice but difficult to attain at this magnification. Informative note too. Well done.

Hi Volkan,

Excellent picture of this owlfly. The POV is very well & sharpness is great. Well done & TFS.

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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2011-06-29 6:56]

Wonderful colors of this fly captured well. tfs.

Fantastic work Volkan! Bravo!
George Veltchev

hello Volkan
Yes this is Super !
great details good sharpness and beautiful colours
greeting lou

Çok güzel bir sinir kanatlı türü. Geçen gün ben de gördüm. Biraz yanaşmaya çalıştım. Anında kaybolmuş.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2011-06-29 14:53]

Hi Volkan,magnificent and very rare specie and a spectacular macro whit the top of sharpness and colors,very very well done,i like it!Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano.

Hi Volkan,

Excellent capture! Fine detail of a beautiful insect!


Excellent photo with lots of detail. Interesting antenae! regards yiannis

Hi Volkan,
I just discovered this splendid Owlfly of yours. So well done, Volkan. And these buggers are nervous, it's difficult to shoot a decent picture. My congratulations for this one!

Best regards

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