What is it?
This epitome of entomological cuteness, playing peekaboo from behind a flowerhead, is actually a cold-blooded killer. Owlflies, relatives of lacewings and antlions, are agile aerial hunters, chasing down prey on the wing. It’s the big, dark, dreamy eyes that earn them their name, but owlfly eyes can do things an owl’s cannot. Viewed from the side, each is divided in two. One half gazes upwards, the other down, and each is tuned differently, to best track fastmoving prey against either a bright sky or a dark ground.