Subject: My 1st time seeing this… What is it?
Location: Jones, Oklahoma
July 30, 2013 4:18 pm
I found this insect Saturday, July 27 2013.
Near Jones Oklahoma.
It was found at on of the lights at my church at about 9:00pm.
The church is out in the country not the city.
There is a medium size pond on the property as well as a river about mile away.
At first I thought it was a really big Antlion adult, until I seen the ”long butterfly like” antenna.
It has some distinct markings on its long abdomen.
Body is 1 1/8 inch long from tip of head to tip of tail.
Antenna are 1 inch long from head to tip of the knobs.
It also has layed 3 small clusters of eggs in it’s container.
I tried to get all the above details in the pictures
If you can shed some light on this little mystery of mine, I would greatly appreciate it.
Your description is so thorough we could have made this identification without a photograph. You are astute to recognize that this Owlfly in the family Ascalaphidae is like a large Antlion since they are in the same insect order, Neuroptera. We believe this is a Four Spotted Owlfly, Ululodes quadripunctatus, based on this photo posted to BugGuide.