Caught at dawn with mist net set for bats.
Note the eyes that are differentiated into 2 parts, which is characteristic for owl flies.
Owlfly larvae hatching from eggs attached to a stem
Era una libélula dorada
Location: Forest Track, Karimganj District, Assam
Date: 26th October 2014
Equipment: Nikon D800 with Micro-Nikkor 105mm
About 5 cm from head to tail.
I found four owlflies attracted to the light in the evening. Two of them are eaten by common house gecko; collected the remaining two as my camera was not with me. This is the first time I am photographing captured specimens. Pic 1 and 2 are different views of specimen 1. Pic 3 is of other specimen, bigger than specimen 1. I think they are male and female. Captured on 29 September 2014 at Parappa, Kasaragod, Kerala, India.
After the program, I was putting up the insect nets and noticed this little tiny antlion-like larva! It looks like a young owlfly larva -- neat! :)
Owlflies are dragonfly-like insects with large bulging eyes and long knobbed antennae. They are neuropterans in the family Ascalaphidae; they are only distantly related to the true flies, and even more distant from the dragonflies and damselflies. They are diurnal or crepuscular predators of other flying insects, and are typically 5 cm (2.0 in) long.