Weird owl fly
Location: Europe > Portugal > Algarve
Date Photo Taken: June 26, 2009
Habitat: Cistus ladanifer
Info: It's a NEW species for Portugal!
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thought it was Odonata until I got a good look on the big screen. John Abbott mentioned these in the beginning of his new book. Always wanted to see one. Now I have!
Butterfly-like insect. Long antennae. Wings fold flat against body, not out like a dragonfly.
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.