Split-eyed Owlfly
Male, abdomen
Ellura
Split-eyed Owlfly
Male, wings
 
      
Split-eyed Owlfly (Megacmonotus magnus)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)     iNaturalist Observation
Order: Net-winged Insects (Neuroptera)
Family: Owlfly (Ascalaphidae)
Species: Split-eyed Owlfly (Megacmonotus magnus)
This Photo:     🔍Female, abdomen🔎

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
This has to be the platypus of the insect world. Damselfly wings & tail, butterfly head & antennae and massive eyes from who knows where.
Thank you to Ken Harris for pointing out this specimen is a male. Ken said "Only the male has the forked and tufted prominence on a front segment of its abdomen"

Copyright © 2021 Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 22-Mar-2021
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.