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Lucy

"the girl with kaleidoscope eyes..."

 

I think the eyes on this insect (praying mantis?) are incredible!! I've seen the different colors and patterns of dragonfly/damselfly/butterfly eyes, but never anything with this many colors or this pattern!

 

UPDATE: The great folks at whatsthatbug.com have ID'd my mystery bug as a mantispid, or mantidfly. They aren't closely related to either dragonflies or mantids, but instead are related to lace wings!

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Taken on July 24, 2008