Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
Neoaliturus tenellus (Baker 1896)
Females are easily recognized by the dark-margined notch at the base of the ovipositor that looks exactly like a burn mark left on the edge of a table from a lit cigarette. Males are equally distinctive from the underside, having truncate "plates" (the terminal flaps that protect the genitalia look as if they have been cut off transversely). (Comment by Andy Hamilton).
native to the Middle East, adventive in our area; overwinters only on CA coast(1)