Hatching owlfly (Family:Ascalaphidae) Iarvae


While out photographing dragonflies, I noticed several batches of owlfly eggs encircling a number of grass stems. I tied a marker on the stems so I could easily find them again and checked each morning and afternoon for hatchings. I missed most hatchings except for this group, which had just started to hatch. The larvae are about 3mm in length. 

Wagga Wagga, New South Wales

Canon EOS 1D MkIV, Canon MP-E65 f/2.8 lens, 1/160, f13, ISO 400; twin flash; handheld; photographed at 2.5x life size

by Jenni Horsnell, New South Wales