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Unidentified Dragonfly/moth?
March 26, 2010
Hi, I found this insect on my facecloth last night. Could you tell me what it is as I have never seen anything like it before. It was definitely real, I say this because it looks so fake.
Cape Point area of Cape Town, South Africa


Hi Cherie,
This is a Neuropteran known as an Owlfly, and it is closely related to Lacewings and Antlions.  Owlflies are unusual insects that really do resemble a cross of several different insect orders.

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One Response to Owlfly from South Africa

  1. Dave Ellinger says:

    Two days ago I observe what I thought was a lacewing on the driveway gate as I locked it. Eight hours later it was still there but my arrival alarmed it and if flew away before I could photograph it for ID. Now I believe it was an Owlfly from numerous aspects. WOW!

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