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Conwentzia psociformis - Backlight Luckily this little Dustywing was sitting fairly still for a while, so I had a chance at taking this image with a long exposure and natural backlight (as opposed to the flashed image below). The backlight through the wings brings out the wing venation quite well and also even shows up a shadow/contour of the much smaller hind wing, typical for Contwentzia spp.<br />
Here is the same scene while using a flash:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86409/conwentzia_psociformis_-_flashed.html" title="Conwentzia psociformis - Flashed"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3043/86409_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1576713610&Signature=KwJjtXiGsYpYfTjQi0Hklm1XGj4%3D" width="200" height="114" alt="Conwentzia psociformis - Flashed I new I had some images of a dustywing ID&#039;d to species somewhere :o)<br />
This one was sitting so still that it allowed me to experiment a little and take another image with a long exposure and natural light from behind the wings shining through, thus giving a more useful view on some details important in ID:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86408/conwentzia_psociformis_-_backlight.html Coniopterygidae,Conwentzia,Conwentzia psociformis,Dustywing,Netherlands,Neuroptera" /></a></figure> Coniopterygidae,Conwentzia,Conwentzia psociformis,Dustywing,Netherlands,Neuroptera Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Conwentzia psociformis - Backlight

Luckily this little Dustywing was sitting fairly still for a while, so I had a chance at taking this image with a long exposure and natural backlight (as opposed to the flashed image below). The backlight through the wings brings out the wing venation quite well and also even shows up a shadow/contour of the much smaller hind wing, typical for Contwentzia spp.
Here is the same scene while using a flash:

Conwentzia psociformis - Flashed I new I had some images of a dustywing ID'd to species somewhere :o)<br />
This one was sitting so still that it allowed me to experiment a little and take another image with a long exposure and natural light from behind the wings shining through, thus giving a more useful view on some details important in ID:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/86408/conwentzia_psociformis_-_backlight.html Coniopterygidae,Conwentzia,Conwentzia psociformis,Dustywing,Netherlands,Neuroptera

    comments (4)

  1. That's beautiful. So what is the dust really about? Does it have a purpose? Posted 8 days ago
    1. Currently, I can only guesstimate ... these are quite small and fragile, so I could imagine that the white wax coating helps in preventing desiccation somewhat? Or maybe it makes them less palatable for predators?
      Will try to read up on that and if I find something I'll report back (but not today) ;o)
      Posted 8 days ago
  2. Wow, love this! Posted 8 days ago
    1. Thanks Christine :o) Posted 8 days ago

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Conwentzia psociformis is a species of "Dustywing" (Coniopterygidae) living on broad leaved trees and shrubs in large parts of western Europe.

Similar species: Net-winged Insects
Species identified by Pudding4brains
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By Pudding4brains

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Uploaded Nov 9, 2019.