Can you identify this butterfly?

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Can you identify this butterfly?

by virginia » Mon May 19, 2014 2:04 pm

Not sure whether this is a butterfly or not, but we spotted it in a garrigue type habitat, not far from the Aude border. It actually used its wings like a dragonfly, but didn't have a "tail"
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Re: Can you identify this butterfly?

by Myrtle&Martin » Wed May 21, 2014 8:12 pm

Brilliant photo Virginia. According to our insect book, it's either libelloides longicornis or libelloides coccajus , not butterflies but Ascalaphids, which are related to the ant-lions.
bet you're sorry you asked now! :roll:
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Re: Can you identify this butterfly?

by virginia » Wed May 21, 2014 8:34 pm

Thanks both. I have never heard of either, but they were really beautiful. By the way, what books do you consult?
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Re: Can you identify this butterfly?

by Myrtle&Martin » Thu May 22, 2014 7:13 am

It's the domino guide to insects of Britain and western Europe by Michael Chinery.
ISBN 978-0-7136-7239-8
price £14.99
annoyingly doesn't include anything with more than 6 legs but quite good at what it does cover
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Re: Can you identify this butterfly?

by virginia » Thu May 22, 2014 7:48 am

Thanks again. Do you know if it is rare? I have never seen one before.
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