Geographic location of the bug: Abruzzo, Italy
Your letter to the bugman: Hi, again
Wandering through the woods, today, when I spotted, what I thought was a butterfly.
After checking out all Italian species, with no joy, I checked the image again. It was then I noticed what appears to be claspers on the end of the abdomen. Thought – Dragonfly?
Checked for Italian dragonflies but nothing looking like this and with such a short abdomen?
Would really appreciate an ID for this, whatever it is.
How you want your letter signed: Fof
The first time we ever saw an image of a European Owlfly in the family Ascalaphidae, we had no idea what we were looking at as it seemed to have characteristics of so many different insect orders. Owlflies are classified with Lacewings and Antlions in the order Neuroptera. Based on this Minden Pictures image, we believe your Owlfly is Libelloides coccajus.