Place: Bangalore, India

Month: September, 2015

Current weather: Cloudy and rainy

Google images search was just giving me dragonfly photos. That organism is on grass blade.

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Image is captured by me.

  • $\begingroup$ Certainly not a dragonfly. This looks like a grasshopper but I can't tell the species. $\endgroup$
    Commented Sep 17, 2015 at 18:34
  • $\begingroup$ I doubt it is grasshopper. Few of my friends suggested it is some kind of grass insect which uses it's wing to camouflage. $\endgroup$
    – Dexter
    Commented Sep 18, 2015 at 3:42

1 Answer 1


This is an insect in the order Neuroptera, definitely neither a dragonfly (order Odonata) nor a grasshopper (Order Orthoptera). The name of that order means "nerve-wing", which referes to the intricate network of veins throughout the wings, which have a very different appearance and pattern than the wings of either dragonflies or grasshoppers. I'm not familiar with Indian fauna per se, but the long antennae with slightly curved/hooked tips make it look more like an antlion (family Myrmeleontidae within the Neuroptera) than an owlfly (family Ascalaphidae within the Neuroptera; their antennae have small clubs at the ends), though it's a bit hard to tell from the photo.

  • $\begingroup$ I also think that an antlion is likely. Either way, the front legs and antenna seems to be directed forward along the leaf/overlaid, which makes the antenna look a bit weird. $\endgroup$ Commented Feb 17, 2016 at 18:23

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