Wednesday, 18 August 2010


We seen this amazing creature during the visit to Alicante and its one of these things that the photograph doesn't do justice too. What is it? We don't know so if anyone does please let us know. But i called it a Wheeker which is exactly what it is!!

Thanks to Alan Horan for helping us get closer to identifying this beastie - it is a species of Spoonwing or Nemopterid.
Apparently one of the characteristics noted in the field when it was seen was that it appeared to be 'dancing' - reminiscent of a Madeiran Petrel dancing over the crest of a wave.

Double Update!
Thanks to Brian Nelson for the following:

"The insect featured today is probably Nemoptera bipennis.  It certainly occurs in Spain although there may be other species."