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Photo#6309
Four-spotted Owlfly - Ululodes quadripunctatus - male

Four-spotted Owlfly - Ululodes quadripunctatus - Male
Guess Road at Lowell, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
June 13, 2004
Found at a light. Posed. This is a male, based on the lack of spots on wings, hindwings excised at base, and slender abdomen. (Thanks to Eric Eaton for telling me about sexual dimorphism in this species.) Looks to me like there is a tuft of hair (scent scales, as in some butterflies?) on the dorsal side of the male abdomen as well. This bears investigation.

Another photo of this invididual--showing excised hindwings, is in linked images.

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Four-spotted Owlfly - Ululodes quadripunctatus - male Four-spotted Owlfly - Ululodes quadripunctatus - male

#6309 Identification -- Ululodes quadripunctatus (male)
This is the owlfly Ululodes quadripunctatus (Burmeister, 1839). The name "Ululodes quadrimaculatus", while a synonym of U. quadripunctatus, is incorrect under the rules of nomeclature.

WOW!
Great photos of this most interesting insect, Patrick. Never saw anything like it.

Bob

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