dragonfly that’s not
July 13, 2010
This was taken in the Galveston, Texas area in the back yard. At first it appeared to be a juvenile dragonfly but the wings are not correct for one, and it has extremely long antennae. It also seems to have some sort of silk it streams. I’ve searched and searched but can’t find it. What is it?
20 miles north of Galveston Island on the mainland of the Texas Gulf Coast
Dear Mrs. Lubner,
Your insect is an Owlfly in the order Neuroptera which contains Lacewings and Antlions, and in the family Ascalaphidae and the genus Ululodes. The genus Ululodes is characterized by grooved eyes which your closeup nicely illustrates. You can read more about this genus on BugGuide. We do not get many photos of Owlflies, and photos of the excellent quality you have provided are always desirable.