Owlfly -Libelloides macaronius
Seen ina prairy near Zadar, Croatia (June, 2016).
The body is black and quite hairy. The eyes are large and bulging, the antennae are long and clubbed. The wings do not have scales and are partly transparent, bright yellow in the first third, dark brown on the external side. The wings are held spread at rest. The adults are diurnal predators of other flying insects.
The neuropteran owlfly Libelloides (=Ascalaphus) macaronius (Insecta: Plannipenia) was described in 1763 by the correspondant of Carolus Linnaeus, Johannes Antonius Scopoli, while he was a physician in Slovenian mining town Idria.
Ascalaphus is a daytime predator inhabitating warm, dry, uncultivated meadows from Slovenia to Caucasus, and is famous due to the unique spectral sensitivity of its dorsofrontal eye that ranges only over the ultra-violet part of the solar spectrum. Ascalaphus lives.. more