Neuroptera (Net-winged insects)

This is not a large collection but I split these out of my general Insecta because I absolutely love both Ascalaphids and Antlions. As Neuroptera (Net-winged insects), they come with the Lacewings in tow. Indeed, some countries seem to refer to Antlions as Lacewings, anyway.

I had never heard of an Ascalaphid (a.k.a. Owlfly) until 2014 when we found a mass of them swarming around a meadow in France near Millau. I was instantly smitten, as I was with my first Antlion. Then I was lucky enough to find another Ascalpaphid species in Andalucia two years later. Since then, I’ve added a couple from Australia.