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Photo#53457
Owlfly, Ululodes, Male - Ululodes macleayanus - male

Owlfly, Ululodes, Male - Ululodes macleayanus - Male
Beverly Hills, Citrus County, Florida, USA
May 22, 2006
Size: approx. 2 in. all-told
Found around 10:45 PM on the wall outside our supermarket. I believe this is Ululodes because of the divided eye, but don't know which species. According to the University of Florida, 4 species of owlfly occur in Florida (3 Ululodes). I can't tell, based on Maria Hartley's picture of macleayana, whether mine fits. The individual I saw doesn't look to me like quadrimaculatus based on the photos here. (Maybe we finally have a shot of floridana! One can hope.)

I think this is a male, despite its spots. It's got the abdominal tufts and slender body, as per discussion following Mike Boone's photo.

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Owlfly, Ululodes, Male - Ululodes macleayanus - male Owlfly, Ululodes, Male? - Ululodes macleayanus - male Owlfly, Ululodes, Male? - Ululodes macleayanus - male

Moved
Moved from Ululodes.

#53457 Identification -- Ululodes macleayanus (male)
This is an adult of the owlfly Ululodes macleayanus (Guilding, 1825).

Ululodes spots
Great photos. The spots you have here on the wings are the pterostigmas. They are small spots, dark or light, associated with the wing veins, as in dragonflies. The distinctive spots of the female Ululodes quadrimaculatus are wide dark patches near the wing tips, see:



I would agree this appears to be a male, based on the slender abdomen and those abdominal tufts. Species, I don't know. I guess it is probably not Ululodes quadrimaculatus, as the wings don't look quite right--hindwings are supposed to have a well stalked base, but it is hard to see unless the wings are spread:


Compare yours--the hindwings do not have that big cut-out portion:


Very interesting. Maybe somebody can get hold of a key to this genus and try to identify some of the photos from Florida. Heck, there may not even be a key--it may require a trip to a museum. We're really breaking new ground here--this family is poorly documented in North America, at least in any popular literature or on the Internet.

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

 
I agree: not quadrimaculatus
Thanks, Patrick -- I didn't know about pterostigmas (and how they're different from "patches" per se).

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