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Subject: Dragonfly mimic butterfly in Texas
Location: Katy (Fort Bend County) Texas
June 5, 2016 8:27 am
I came across this insect this morning. At first, I thought it was a dragonfly, but when I looked closer and saw the antennae, I knew immediately that it’s a butterfly. I have had no luck tracking it down online. Can you identify it for me?
Thanks!
Signature: DougM

Owlfly

Owlfly

Dear DougM,
The first time we saw an image of a European Owlfly, we were equally confused.  Owlflies are classified with Lacewings and Antlions, and all members of the family Neuroptera, both larvae and adults, are predators.  Neuropteran larvae including Aphid Wolves and Doodlebugs are about the most frightening looking creatures imaginable if scale with humans were equalized.

Owlfly

Owlfly

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Katy, Texas

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