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Subject: CAN ANYBODY IDENTIFY THIS BUTTERFLY PLEASE?
Location: SOUTHERN SPAIN
June 22, 2012 4:45 pm
Hello,
I photographed this butterfly on the mountains above Benalmadena (Spanish Costa Del Sol) early this week but I have no idea what it is and Googling ’Long Tailed Butterfly’ does not bring any results.
The photo shows the underside of it’s right hand wings and the very long ’tails’ which must surely help in identification.
Do these long ’tails’ have a scientific name?
Many Thanks in anticipation.
Signature: Peter

Thread-winged Lacewing

Hi Peter,
Though it looks like a butterfly, it is not.  Rather, it is a Thread-winged Lacewing or Ribbon Winged Lacewing,
Nemoptera bipennis, which you can view on the Panoramio website as well as numerous other places on the internet.

Wow, I had no idea it wasn’t a butterfly. Many thanks for your reply – and so quick too!
Best Regards
Peter

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Spain

2 Responses to Thread-Winged Lacewing from Spain

  1. Deryck Davison says:

    Tallante, Murcia, Spain. Have seen many Nemoptera bipennis in recent weeks and have some good photos although in 14 years living here had not noticed them before. I have spent many hours trying to identify and thank goodness, eventually found your website. Thanks! Will study in more detail now I have a name. They are beautiful, delicate creatures.

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