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Deleproctophylla variegata

Deleproctophylla variegata
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Copyright: Catherine Dijon (CatherineD) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 861 W: 57 N: 4006] (14097)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-06-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 40 D, Canon EF 100 mm F2.8 Macro USM
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-08-13 12:57
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Points: 58
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
We were searching for macrovipers around Gecitkoy reservoir (small lake and dam). In place of this unseen snake, Bayram shows me this handsome owlfly. Thanks a lot my friend!

Deleproctophylla variegata (Klug, 1834)
Family: Ascalaphidae (owlflies)
Order: Neuroptera

This owlfly is distributed in some Aegean islands (Greece), Turkey (South Western Anatolia), Cyprus, Israel, Palestine, Caucasia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan.

Owlflies are dragonfly-like insects with large bulging eyes and long knobbed antennae. They are only distantly related to the true flies, and even more distant from the dragonflies and damselflies. They are diurnal or crepuscular predators of other flying insects, and are typically 5 cm (2.0 in) long.
Owlflies are readily distinguished from dragonflies because the latter have short bristle-like antennae and hold their wings outstretched while resting. The closely related antlions (family Myrmeleontidae) have short, clubbed antennae, smaller eyes, and very different wing venation.
Adult owlflies are aerial predators feeding on other insects. When disturbed, some owlflies will release a strong, musk-like chemical to deter enemies.

Four species of Deleproctophylla occurs in Mediterranean region.
- D. australis : forewings with a brown spot under pterostigma : from the island of Corse, southern Italy, Balkan.
- D. gelini : forewings with elongate brow spot under pterostigma; endemic species of Morocco.
- D. dusmeti : forewings without dark spot under pterostigma : only in Southern France and Iberian peninsula.
- D. variegata : similar but Eastern species, from Aegean islands to Central Asia.

Arı İ., Aktaş M., Kıyak S., 2008. A contribution to fauna of Turkish Neuropteran Insects from Ardahan, Igdir and Kars Provinces (Insecta: Neuroptera), Mun. Ent. Zool. Vol. 3, No. 1.
Foltz J.L., 2004.Neuroptera: Ascalaphidae. University of Florida.
Wikipedia, Owlfly
Fauna Europaea

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To billynewboy: Yes, I see it...CatherineD 1 08-13 13:28
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Hello Catherine,
Excellent image taken from a good POV with lovely colors, fine details, great sharpness and beautiful BG. Well done!

Catherine : une qualité remarquable !!
Et une position si rare...
Bravo et merci,
Bon weekend

An excellent capture without a doubt Catherine.
The composition, lighting and sharpness throughout is exemplary.
The only shame is that your cameras sensor has some very serious dust spots on it...Please give it a clean.

My best Regards

Hi Catherine,

What an outstanding image, focus, colours, POV, pose, composition and background are all spot on.
TFS and have a nice weekend, regards Bill

Hi dear,

Superb macro with pin sharpness to show all of the minute details. Even with the small aperture the background is well blurred, providing good separation.
TFS and have a nice WE!


Hi Catherine

Superb image of this unusual insect. Brilliant sharpness and details. I like the knobs on the end of the antenae. Great OOF background.


Well photographed. Excellent sharpness throughout the image.
Room around the insect is appropriate and the background is nicely OOF.

Very nice capture Catherine.
Excellent sharpness and nice blurred background. I have never seen an owlfly before, so I appreciate this well composed post.
Thanks for sharing.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2010-08-13 21:10]

Splendid photo, interesting species, TFS!

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-08-13 22:13]

Hello Catherine,
A great portrait of this Owl-fly, a type of insect not often seen on TN!
The lateral POV shows its features with nice sharpness and colours against a clean BG, especially the antennae in a good DOF.
Thanks and have a nice weekend,

Hi Catherine,

what a great macroimage from this Owlfly! Never heard about it.
Good pov and dof with exellent isolation from bg.
Fine colours.
You have been taken great shots in Turkey.


Bonjour Catherine
C'est une image très intéressante et parfaitement réalisée de cet Ascalaphe peu commun : en Provence, les ascalaphes sont surtout représentés par le genre libelloides et les autres espèces sont rares. Les tonalités chaudes de ton image son magnifiques.

Hello Catherine,
Superb capture with razor sharp details and oustanding colours.
Exceptional clarity, focus and sharpness.
Wonderful composition and nice POV.

Hello Catherine,
Details, colors, light, and background are at the top. Very good image. Compliments, Paolo

Hi Catherine,
A nice capture of this beautiful owlfly. Very well composed shot with sharp details. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2010-08-14 4:23]

Bonjour Catherine,
Une adorable créature que cet ascalaphe de Chypre. Tu nous le montre dans une attitude qui nous fait sourire et ses antennes qui se terminent presque avec de petits coeurs, c'est vraiment trop chou! De belles teintes du sud pour arrondir l'image. Bien vu et présenté.
Bonne fin de semaine

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2010-08-14 4:30]

Hi Catharine,
This is a specie I never seen before. It looks like a dragonfly with those wings.
I like the pose your model is in. Very good focus and overall sharpness.
Nice colours and oof bg.
TFS Paula

Hi Catherine. Lovely and precise shot of this interesting fly.
Thanks for sharing and best regards.

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2010-08-14 6:31]

A truly beautiful capture, Catherine. Impeccable!

Very interesting creature.



Hi Catherine.
This is one of the insect ı want to learn. I also find something else like it in Karaman.
Very good composition and details.

Hello Catherine, what an interesting fly and you photographed it nicely. Excellent composition and fine background.
TFS and regards,


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-08-14 9:36]

Hello Catherine,
A fantastic shot of this beautiful Owlfly captured in a lovely pose and sharply in focus. Great details and I love those clubbed antennae! A lovely composition and a very fine background too!
TFS and have nice weekend, Ulla

Woow What a BEAUTY Catherine
Excellent POV, sharpnes, DOF and BG
I like the warm colors and Amazing details

TFS Thijs

amazing closeup, TFS Ori

hello catherine
Yes this is a super good picture with great details and beautiful colours
super sharpness
greeting lou

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  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2010-08-15 23:57]

Hi Catherine,
it is well deserved that you get many points quickly for this awesome portrait of a curious insect. I only want to add my thanks for the detailed and interesting note and the citations. Who needs vipers after that encounter? :-)
Best regards

Impresionante y maravillosa toma de una especie muy poco vista de Neuroptera. Buen manejo de las luz y los colores. Gran nitidez.
Mucha oportunidad y gracia en la captura: un excelente trabajo !
Saludos Catherine.

  • ikonta Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 21 W: 16 N: 172] (732)
  • [2010-08-18 3:14]

Excellent shot! Optimal clearness and composition, compliment Catherine.
Ciao, Melania.

Ciao Catherine. A masterpiece!


Hi Catherine,
Beutiful owlfly. I have never seen an image of one before, its very unusual. Very nice details and focus. I like it. Thanks for this.

Have a very fine day.

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