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Thread-winged Antlion

Thread-winged Antlion
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Copyright: Peter van Zoest (PeterZ) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2013-05-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D90, AF Nikkor 70-300mm f4-5.6 G, Digital RAW
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/1600 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2013-05-21 6:21
Viewed: 3359
Points: 60
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Of course there are not only birds on Lesbos. This insect was special for me. Never saw one before.

This is the Thread-winged Antlion, nemoptera sinuata.
Spoonwings or Nemopteridae are a family of neuropteran insects. They are also called Thread-winged Antlions. All species are diurnal with an exclusively floral diet, preferring to fly in open spaces in full sunshine while visiting flowers. They can be recognized by their very long hind wing prolongations.
Their flight is delicate and they have a circling flight to avoid walls when they are trapped indoors. The long streamer is conspicuous when the insects are flying and these are the elongated and spatulate hindwings.

There are three species in Europe:
Nemoptera bipennis (Illiger, 1812), syn. Nemoptera lusitanica (Leach, 1815)
Nemoptera coa (Linnaeus, 1758)
Nemoptera sinuata Olivier, 1811

There are some non-European species that were formerly placed in this genus.

Male Nemopterids have a bulla on the wing usually along the margin or wing base that is used to disperse pheromone.

Source: Different Wikipedia pages

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Now this is truly an unusual Antlion, Peter. Its wings are really remarkable with those wonderful patterns on them. And look at those long hind wing prolongations! They too are in perfect focus.
Your visit to Greece has been really been a rich experience in wild life. Thanks for sharing this gem you brought from there.

Boa tarde Peter
Fantastic species and great capture my Friend.I never saw this.Excellent composition,wonderful colours and light and great sharpness also.Thank You.
Have a great day!
Best regards

Hello Peter

With its beautiful patterns, this insect it
is almost like part of the flower, fine POV,
great focus, sharpness, details, TFS


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  • nagraj Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1618 W: 106 N: 3208] (15166)
  • [2013-05-21 7:00]

Lovely species this ant lion with 'tails', gorgeous image...colorful too. tfs.

Hello Mr.Peter,
I haven't seen such specie before.Great to see it in TN.
Nice pifture with beautiful colour and structure.
Thanks Peter for sharing such beautiful specie,
Kind regards,

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  • hsn6a Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 156 W: 0 N: 434] (8583)
  • [2013-05-21 7:54]

Hello Peter,
excellent capture nemoptera species,great details,thanks..

Hallo Peter
Super goed gelukt om deze helemaal op de foto te krijgen
Ik ben gek op deze Familie ze zijn allemaal zo mooi en apart
Ik heb er wel een aantal gevonden van de Mierenleeuwen maar deze nooit zien vliegen
Ik denk dat je ook op het juiste vlieg moment moet zijn
MAAR!! jij hebt hem
gr lou

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  • Tina Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 60 W: 0 N: 132] (1427)
  • [2013-05-21 8:18]

Hello Peter,
Lovely capture - lovely subject, composition and colors! Perfect focus and details ! TFS Tina

Hello Peter,
whae a magnificent macro.
superb colour and sharpness.
fascinating composition.
best wishes,

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6482 W: 89 N: 15613] (65313)
  • [2013-05-21 8:47]

Hi Peter,what a lucky meeting,i never seen this beauty.Your capture is really beautiful,not easy to have perfect details everywhere on a moth so complicated and long,very professional capture,only the white of daisy is overexposed but no problem..eheh...have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2013-05-21 9:31]

Hi, dear Peter.
Your shot is simply fantastic. Pictured butterfly is amazing. I cannot imagine more beautiful creature. Clarity, details, lights and colours of the insect are ultimate and colourful smooth BG is great addition for main subject. Bravo. Great job.

Hello Peter
One of the most beautiful life forms!
Excellent focus and detail.
regards yiannis

Ciao Peter, great macro of fantastic specie, wonderful colors, fine details, splendid light and superb sharpness, very well done, my friend, bravo, ciao Silvio

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  • iti Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 577 W: 0 N: 650] (7939)
  • [2013-05-21 10:26]

Hi Peter,
Very nice close-up of this interesting and insect.
Perfect composition and details. Good blurred background.
Regards Jiri.

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Hello Peter, Never see anything like this before. This is very unusual looking insect. The image is well composed and well seen. Very well done. JC

wow Peter, what is this?? what a lovely creature! Antloin? a new name to me. beautiful insect.. and your composition is also a good one.

Beautiful subject and great photo Peter! Very good composition, fantastic colours and impressive sharpness!

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2013-05-22 4:26]

Hello Peter,
What a superb encounter..I would have liked to be at your place:-). Amazing and most beautiful, almost heavenly creature. Well presented with this fine composition.
Thanks a lot!

Hello Peter,
fine capture of this beautiful insect with good sharpness and nicely opened wings. The hindwings are spectacular long and I also like the natural colours.
Bets wishes,

Ciao Peter. Just lke a paint! Fantastic MF!


splendid specie,Peter
a great gift from Greece..

Hallo Peter
A wonderful, wonderful macro with details so brilliantly seen. The colours and patterns are gorgeous, the presentation such a delight. The natural sunlight so pretty! Thanks for sharing one of the best insect images I have seen in a long time. Best regards.

Hello Peter,
what a lovely picture. Very good detalis and nice coloor.

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  • PeakXV Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 121 W: 0 N: 544] (3135)
  • [2013-05-22 21:03]

Hello Peter,

The sharpness and superior lighting give a hand-painted effect to this spoonwings wings. The pov is perfect, the light professionally managed and the pov ideal. Very well taken.



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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2752 W: 280 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2013-05-23 17:01]

Hello Peter,
I see you have captured not a bird, but a gorgeous insect this time, although it does kind of resemble a Scissor-tailed Flycatcher:) Absolutely gorgeous wings and captured in the finest of detail. Colors are stunning and exposure is right on the money. Great work!!

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  • Ishi Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 298 W: 21 N: 1943] (13387)
  • [2013-05-23 23:17]

Shalom Peter,

Thanks foe sharing with us this beautiful specimen, so well captured. Perfect picture with crisp focus on the insect and nicely blurred colorful background.

Well done!


wow, another perfect capture, greetings Ori

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2013-06-21 18:02]

Hello Peter,
Absolutely stunning image, you have captured the subject perfectly. Thank you for the great work Peter.

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  • IronM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 144 W: 3 N: 345] (2608)
  • [2013-06-23 5:10]

Hi Peter,
what an amazing macro of this wonderful spicies,
excellent composition,sharpness, outstanding details !
Thanks ! Best regards !

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