Is this a butterfly, cranefly or what?
April 29, 2010
These insects emerged recently (April – springtime) in the meadows here. They look and behave similar to butterflies except that the second pair of wings appear elongated to form tails. They are blue-green in colour with darker markings. They seem to favour the various grasses. They were quite difficult to photograph and the images are not very clear, but you should be able to see the basic shape. I also took some video.
Southern Peloponnese, Greece
Even with the blurriness of your photo, we are quite certain this is a Spoonwing Lacewing in the family Nemopteridae. We posted an example from nearby Turkey this past June. The Nemopteridae website devoted to the family identifies it as Nemoptera bipennis.
Hi Daniel, thanks very much for the info on spoonwing; its been driving me mad not knowing, yours gratefully sue