Owlfly (Ululodes macleayanus)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Owlfly (Ululodes macleayanus)

Per bugguide, this is likely U. macleayanus because the pterostigma (wing dot) is dark in U. macleayana, but cream color in the other possibility {Four-spotted Owlfly (U. quadripunctatus)}

Superficially similar to a dragonfly in looks, it is a member of the order Neuroptera which includes Antlions and Lacewings.

BENEFICIAL with both the adult and larval stages carnivorous, eating other insect invertebrates.

Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/4130

My take: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/said-the-spider-to-the-owlfly.html (larva)
http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/this-night-owl-doesnt-give-a-hoot.html (adult)

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