Friday, June 1, 2012

Owlfly!

This was a new find for me. I didn't know what it was at the time - thought maybe I had stumbled on something really crazy.  Anyway, it's some sort of Owlfly. I wasn't even aware these guys existed. Glad they do because he was pretty uh, for lack of a better word, awesome. Pretty pumped I was able to get a few macros before he headed his own way. Check out his insane antennae! That thew me off. As did his fuzz.  Fuzzy!? Whaatatt is this thing? Seems like they'd be related to dragonflies but not so much. I guess they are most closely related to antlions (weird?).  I wanna see more of these things! Macro Monday

16 comments:

Sinbad and I on the Loose said...

That is pretty cool. Never seen one myself.

Wayne (Woody), whatever said...

I would have thought dragonfly too. Those antennae are pretty extraterrestrial!

Barb said...

Are you sure that's not a jeweled pin? How wired (and wonderful)!

NatureFootstep Birds said...

cool creature. I thought it was a dragonfly at first. Nice shots.


you have an awful version of word verification. :( If I can get through it. :( :(

Don't Bug Me! said...

I want one of those for my insect collection - which is rather sparse, since I can't actually kill anything and so have to rely on donations! That is one awesome insect!

ladyfi said...

What an amazing creature! Lovely shots.

biobabbler said...

wow, that is SO cool. Never seen or heard of such a creature. Nice job! =)

Genie said...

This guy get the Kool Kritter award. What a fabulous example of Mother Nature’s special goodies. The fuzz is really weird as is the antennae. Your macros are superb. Great photography/.genie

Merike said...

Wow, what amazing macro photos :)

Stewart M said...

Very good pictures.

That is a pretty crazy looking insect. I'd never heard of them!

Cheers - Stewart M - Australia

bailey-road.com said...

A new one for me. What a great capture!

Andrea said...

Well, what a surprise. He looks like he has been dipped in silver and his features are amazing. Are they associated with owls in any way or is that supposed to reflect their features. Very exciting find ... a first for me. Of course your photography captured him/her beautifully. What a treat!

Andrea @ From The Sol

Janie said...

The eyes and the antenna are very cool. That was quite an interesting find!

Prem said...

Those antennae look so strong... can give us beautiful reception. :D wow! great find, i didn't know about his critter either.

Mary Howell Cromer said...

Oh My Jill, what a very cool find!!!

Mike said...

This is crazy. I love how often something surprising can cross your path if you pay attention.