mostly so. US, esp. the southwest; 2 eastern spp. range north to NY, the western L. occidentalis, to BC(5)
Eggs are stalked, laid on wood surfaces near termite nests. Larvae live with and prey on termites, using an immobilizing gas (containing an allomone) discharged from their anus(3)(6)(Johnson & Hagen 1981). Adults come to lights.
Johnson J.B., Hagen K.S. (1981). A neuropterous larva uses an allomone to attack termites. Nature 289: 506-507 (abstract)
Contributed by Troy Bartlett on 8 March, 2005 - 12:40am Additional contributions by cotinis, v belov Last updated 8 March, 2017 - 7:06pm
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