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BBC Wildlife Magazine - - OUR WILDWORLD -

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.

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