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Owlfly larva lichen mimick, Andasibe, Madagascar My first owlfly larva, and I wish I had done a better job at capturing it. This one is tiny and very flat, I'm speculating it may be mimicking a lichen to blend in with the tree. The enormous jaws can be found at the bottom. Africa,Andasibe,Geotagged,Madagascar,Madagascar 2019,Winter,World Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Owlfly larva lichen mimick, Andasibe, Madagascar

My first owlfly larva, and I wish I had done a better job at capturing it. This one is tiny and very flat, I'm speculating it may be mimicking a lichen to blend in with the tree. The enormous jaws can be found at the bottom.

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  1. Whaaat?! This is so awesome!! Posted one year ago
    1. I agree, but I hardly realised what it was during the session. In hindsight I would have wanted a lot more closeups! Posted one year ago
  2. NICE! :o) Posted one year ago
  3. From today's Facebook post:
    This fantastically camouflaged insect is an owlfly larva (Family Ascalaphidae). Owlfly larvae are ambush predators—they sit and wait for prey to pass by, which they then seize with their huge, serrated mandibles (jaws). They wield their jaws much like you’d expect the Grim Reaper to brandish his scythe. Not only are their jaws intimidating enough to make any invertebrate quake with fear, but those fearsome fangs also contain paralyzing venom. They inject the venom into their prey so they can suck the poor victim’s guts out without any additional struggle. {Spotted in Madagascar by JungleDragon founder, Ferdy Christant} #JungleDragon
    Posted one year ago
    1. Thank you Christine, learned a lot from that description, as always. Posted one year ago
      1. You're welcome :) Posted one year ago

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Uploaded Oct 27, 2019. Captured Jul 18, 2019 19:40 in Unnamed Road, Madagascar.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/9.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO64
  • 105mm