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23.5.14 Chris Spracklen

Spoonwing : Thread-winged antlion

Trujillo, Cacaeres, Extremadura, Spain

This beauty flew straight past my nose, then pitched in some long grass that was up at shoulder height, on top of a bank.
It was the first spoonwing, (Nemoptera bipennis), I'd ever seen ~ indeed, it's the only one I've seen to date!
Note its two elongated streamers on either side of its body! Such a remarkable little creature!

"Spoonwings or Nemopteridae are a family of neuropteran insects. They are also called Thread-winged Antlions. 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 hind wings. They are found in the Ethiopian, Palearctic, Australasian and Neotropical regions." [Wikipedia]

Nikon D7100 ,Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S VR
1/1600th @ f8.
(Photo shot at 400mm, with Nikon TC-20E III in place.) full exif

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Karen Moen11-Feb-2015 22:40
Amazing that you saw it with its perfectly camouflaged wings. Voted.
barbarajoy13-Jan-2015 09:35
Delicate beauty! V
Lloyd & Sandy Spitalnik29-Aug-2014 15:54
Great shot Chris! It is a beautiful critter!
Alexander Kazakov23-Aug-2014 12:34
Well done shot! V
joseantonio17-Aug-2014 19:21
Gorgeous image. Love that light..V
Buz Kiefer16-Aug-2014 02:20
Another beautiful departure Chris. Great DoF. Vote.
Jean Chiasson15-Aug-2014 00:40
Splendid camouflaged presentation Chris vote
Jeff Real14-Aug-2014 23:05
A tremendous and fascinating capture ~V~
Karen Stuebing14-Aug-2014 21:00
A very pretty dragonfly and lovely setting for him to blend into. V.
Ika Zinka Eferl14-Aug-2014 10:08
Fantastic shot!V!
Zoltán Balogh14-Aug-2014 07:31
Unusual and marvellous! V
Gill Kopy14-Aug-2014 05:03
A very different insect - could easily be missed in the grass - you've captured it very well V
Mary Hamilton14-Aug-2014 03:01
Great job focusing on this tiny beauty! The wings are so pretty, and delicate. V.
Fong Lam14-Aug-2014 01:54
Wonderful shot of this beauty which blends so well in this setting, Chris....V
larose forest photos14-Aug-2014 00:36
Wow! I am envious! I have never seen one before. Your image is simply fantastic, and very well photographed. VV
Helen Betts13-Aug-2014 22:49
A most unusual insect, and a lovely capture of it with very effective framing. V.
Martin Lamoon13-Aug-2014 21:05
Very well spotted, it blends in well with the grass's.
shatterbug13-Aug-2014 20:17
Splendid capture!
Marco Valk13-Aug-2014 18:09
You have a good eye! Great shot.
woody3413-Aug-2014 03:30
Wonderful composition and tones, lovely work...V
Julie Oldfield13-Aug-2014 01:33
This is lovely! V
Pierre12-Aug-2014 23:51
Un splendide spécimen parfaitement dissimulé dans ces hautes herbes, une très belle trouvaille! V
Colin Storey12-Aug-2014 19:18
Fantastic image of it Chris, never heard of or seen one. v
lucanton12-Aug-2014 18:01
les détails sont superbes, belle capture, Chris! V
Tom LeRoy12-Aug-2014 15:58
Truly amazing, Chris! What a thrill this must be to get this fine catch. I've not seen one of these. V
marie-jose wolff12-Aug-2014 13:00
fantastic capture, wonderful details! V
pkocinski12-Aug-2014 12:13
Congrats on the find and well done!
Gerard Koehl12-Aug-2014 04:54
Magnifique. V
Being Me12-Aug-2014 02:49
That is beautiful! V
Hank Vander Velde12-Aug-2014 02:26
Great find/encounter and excellent shot Chris.
Marcia Colelli12-Aug-2014 00:14
Wonderful capture of this beauty. Wonderfully camouflaged V
Tom Munson11-Aug-2014 23:33
Great find and outstanding, image, Chris. I'd love to find one.
Simon Chandler11-Aug-2014 22:57
Excellent capture. Wonderful composition and tone. v
janescottcumming11-Aug-2014 22:54
Interesting information and a wonderful catch of this little beauty! V
godro11-Aug-2014 22:54
Nice compo!
Zeeby11-Aug-2014 22:00
Excellent capture of this amazing creature! V
Walter Otto Koenig11-Aug-2014 20:50
Ana amazing sight Chris. The details are wonderful. It blends in with its surroundings so well. "V"
Stephanie11-Aug-2014 20:32
Superb capture of this "lifer"! BV
chris morton11-Aug-2014 20:28
another entirely new (to me) bit of nature; fascinating
Frank Brault11-Aug-2014 20:26
A really fantastic capture and image! Well camouflaged in there. V
Jim Coffman11-Aug-2014 19:31
A wonderful capture of nature,Chris!
Martin Lamoon11-Aug-2014 19:29
How unusual.
Ken Chambers ARPS11-Aug-2014 19:25
Quite an incredible picture Chris. Excellent !
Guest 11-Aug-2014 19:18
A beautiful damsel appearing, disappearing in the peach-toned grasses in complementary harmony with her costume. V
SLC_Images11-Aug-2014 19:01
Well Seen and captured Chris! VT!!
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