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Owlfly (Ascalaphid)

Owlfly (Ascalaphid)
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Copyright: Syed Abid Hussain (Hussain58) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 258 W: 2 N: 899] (4735)
Rodzaj: Animals
Medium: Kolorowe
Data wykonania: 2006-09-08
Kategorie: Insects
Naświetlenie: f/4.6, 1/180 sekund
More Photo Info: [view]
Wersja zdjęcia: Oryginalna wersja
Dodano: 2010-01-05 12:10
Oglądane: 3354
Punkty: 58
[Noty - Informator] Notatki Autora
I have a poor knowledge about dragonflies, grasshoppers, and spiders. This is an old photograph of this some sort of dragonfly which I have actually not worked very hard to identity but it was stuck there in my archives thirsting to be recognized. At one time I did try but failed to locate it anywhere. It is quite slow and appears unlike quickly flitting things that we call true dragonfly and might perhaps fall into the category of damselflies or some other kind of these species. I'll stand obliged if I get a clue from somewhere and hope friends will like this old effort...thanks.
Hello, I am adding this late note about the ID of this insect and would sincerely like to thank Peter (pgmoni),GR.Hans(hansh) and Ivan(Argus) for its identification. It is an owlfly and it belongs to family Ascalaphid. Thanks everyone for helping, stand obliged.

nglen, hansh, siggi, CeltickRanger, goatman04, marius-secan, irishprophet25, boreocypriensis, jaycee, loot, nasokoun, flashpoint, oscarromulus, Jamesp oznaczył to zdjęcie jeko użyteczne
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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2010-01-05 12:14]

Hi Abid. I have never seen anything like this befor . What a fantastic looking insect. I hope you get the ID so we can see what it is. taken with fine detail and natural looking colours.Well seen and taken

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  • hansh Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 278 W: 1 N: 741] (2762)
  • [2010-01-05 12:36]

Hello Syed.
I´m not familiar with insects in Pakistan but i think this is not a dragonfly. The position of the wings is not possible at dragonflies it could be at damselflies but the antennas, the body and the size does not fit also.
To me i think it is a kind of a wasp.
I hope you can look with this further to find the ID.

Your picture looks great and this is one of the reasons that i am participating TN to see and learn of things i have not seen before.
Thank you for that with sharin your picture.

Gr. Hans

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  • pgmoni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 343 W: 100 N: 637] (2769)
  • [2010-01-05 12:39]

Remarkable insect indeed! It is not a dragonfly, but belongs to the order Neuroptera, family ascalaphidae. Those long clubbed antennae are typical (dragonfly, order odonata, never have them).
Unfortunately, I am not familiar to the species in your area.
Good picture too!

Hello Syed,
The species you show belongs to the Neuroptera family Ascalaphidae. Characteristics
are the long and clubbed antennae. In contrast, dragonflies have very short and thin antennae.
I cannot give the exact species identification.
Best wishes, Peter

Hi Abid,

This is a lovely picture of an unusual insect. You have got good detail and nice colours, taken with a good depth of field.
Good capture and TFS


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  • zetu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 26 N: 3888] (16941)
  • [2010-01-05 12:58]

Hello Syed
Very interesting insect...thanks for sharing

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2010-01-05 13:51]

Hello Syed,
Very good capture of this beautiful insect which I'd love to see. Superb details and fine colours. I love the wing pattern and the long antennae. Very fine composition.
Best regards Siggi

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5998 W: 89 N: 15111] (63323)
  • [2010-01-05 14:44]

Hi Syed,i'm delay to tell you the name,but i'm there to write you another time my best compliments for another very nice pic,excellent quality and very strange and interesting specie,maybe for the first time on treknature.Thanks for share,have a nice day,Luciano

hello Abid

i can not help you, an excellent photo of this isnect
with a fine POV, superb focus sharpness and details,
i love the way the background it is framed with showing details,



Salam Syed,

A great capture with nice colors, details & pose. Very nicely done & presented. TFS & regards.


Hi Syed.
Excellent picture with very clear details..This is not dragonfly I think, looks like bee..We call donkey bee or siligundri in Cyprus...I will ask prof. Bayram..I am sure he will know..TFS.

Hallo Abid
Due to minor surgery done to my foot, my time is restricted in front of the computer; I do however want to compliment you on this striking image captured of this unidentified insect with its stunning features. It is indeed a beauty and you have captured it well, I especially fancy the unusual antennas and the big eyes. I also want to compliment you on the way you critique or respond to fellow members critiques or notes; it is done with respect and appreciation. Best regards.

Hello Syed,
a very beautiful capture of this Ascalaphidae, very good sharpness and splendid colours, nice composition with a beautiful environment.
Ciao Maurizio

Hello Syed,
Great shot with very good sharpness and colours. Interesting insect, but I have never seen such a insect befor. Lovely colours and composition.

Ciao Abid, Peter is right, it isn't a dragonfly, wonderful macro with good details and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5098 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2010-01-06 7:59]

Hello Syed,
Excellent photo of this insect in great sharpness, details and beautiful natural colours. Excellent pose, POV and composition.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5042 W: 260 N: 15594] (50624)
  • [2010-01-06 9:57]

Hello Abid,
A fine macro of this Ascalaphid Insect, belonging to a family related to Ant-lions. As Peter says, the long clubbed antennae are characteristic of this family of insects.
This species has the body and colouration to make it look like a large wasp (protective mimicry).
Hers the features are well shown with good overall sharpness ans colours against a nice BG.
Thanks and best wishes,

Hi Abid,

Very impressive capture of a wasp-mimicking insect. This really speaks for itself, so natural and perfect.
The colours and sharpness are wonderful. Congratulations MF!
TFS and have a nice night!


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  • jaycee Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2454 W: 10 N: 8044] (25460)
  • [2010-01-06 15:17]

Hi Syed,

It's always wonderful to see something new on TN. The Owlfly is quite fascinating. Excellent capture showing off the marvelous wings and body. I love the natural setting.


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  • roges Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 957 W: 0 N: 1329] (6264)
  • [2010-01-06 16:22]

Hi Syed,
Excellent start for 2010. Nice macro with exceptional detail and color, congratulations.
Do you want a wonderful evening,

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2732 W: 280 N: 4911] (19842)
  • [2010-01-06 19:36]

Hello Syed,
I have never seen this type of insect before, but you have done an excellent job of showing it off. The detail is tac sharp and the colors very natural and beautiful. Super image!!

Interesante contraluz con un fondo maravilloso y unos buenos colores. Quizás falte algo de luz en el motivo principal.
Saludos Syed: Josep Ignasi.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5551 W: 721 N: 4164] (11276)
  • [2010-01-08 22:08]

Hi Abid

Firstly, 10/10 for trying to ID this insect. However, sometimes we just have to stop
trying and ask for help. Normally (not always though) help is not far away as there
are so many experts or specialists in their different fields here on TrekNature. I am
glad for you that you got some assistance from everyone that pitched in to help you.
I like the POV of this image. It is different from the usual view in its slightly obliqued
angle. This guy has amazing antennae. It almost seems as if the insect could use it
as a weapon to club its prey to death (chuckle).

Well done and TFS.

hello Syed,
well litted up scene with good clarity and realistic output in colors, your composition is very beautiful with this diagonal poses, it's a good macro photo!
keep photographing! TFS

Soooo wonderful, Syed,
I never had the luck to see this insect in nature, I would like to find one any day, so pretty, so impressive.
Thanks for sharing it with us, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Syed Abid,
First of all THANK YOU for visiting my page.
Shall make the correction: Falcon to Hawk. Thanks once more.

This image can be described with only one word: OUTSTANDING!!!
Mario from Canada.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3049 W: 3 N: 8711] (40556)
  • [2010-01-11 1:37]

Hello Syed,
Owflies are most intersting looking insects and you have been very lucky to see this one. You made a very natural picture and have chosen a very special point of view. Not easy to make a super-shot, if insects are hiding in the grass. It would be nice to find out about the exact species.
Thanks and kind regards

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  • rommel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 446 W: 0 N: 287] (3628)
  • [2010-01-12 23:52]

Hellow Syed,
A difficult subject to photograph which you have done extremely well.Sharp image showing unique colouration and datails in its natural surrounds, well done.

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2010-01-16 23:03]

Hi Syed

A superb shot - you really create a 3D image here - great detail and exposure.


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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2010-01-18 4:07]

Salam Abid,
such a lovely capture and excellent presentation. i like the blurry background as it add some good artistic presentation. you too have given a good emphasis clarity and excellent features of the fly. I like the sharp net like wings, where it is so superbly shown here.
nice composition and a good composition.


hello Syed!
interesting specie of insect this Owlfly
good pov and details
thanks ciao sERGIO

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