Antenna shorter than forewing, with enlarged base and no club(3); forewing emarginate before apex in the sole North American genus(2)
Eggs stalked, laid on wood surfaces near termite nests. Larvae (of Lomamyia, at least) live with and prey on termites, using an immobilizing gas (containing an allomone) discharged from their anus(1)(4)(Johnson & Hagen 1981). Adults come to lights(4).
Aspock U. (1986) The present state of knowledge of the family Berothidae (Neuropteroidea: Planipennia). Recent Research in Neuropterology (Full text)
Johnson J.B., Hagen K.S. (1981) A neuropterous larva uses an allomone to attack termites. Nature 289: 506-507 (abstract)
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