Owl-flies

Owl-flies are dragonfly-like insects that form the family Ascalaphidae in the order Neuroptera (net-winged insects). They have large bulging eyes and long knobbed antennae and are about 50 mm long.  They are diurnal or crepuscular predators of other flying insects. Their predatory larvae are similar to antlion larvae, but do not build pits to capture prey, rather they lie on the ground or in vegetation, waiting for their prey. The thorax and abdomen of the larval body have finger-like appendage on the side of each segment. The larvae have large sickle-shaped mandibles, which are used to capture prey.


Owl-flies (Family Ascalaphidae)
Owl-fly
Owl-fly
Owl-fly
Owl-fly Larva
Owl-fly Larva

2 comments:

teca said...

Beautiful details of nature...

Warm hug from Brasil.

Muhammad Quresh said...

Thanks Teca for your visit and comments.