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Summer Fishfly - Chauliodes pectinicornis

Summer Fishfly - Chauliodes pectinicornis
Stafford, Stafford County, Virginia, USA
June 30, 2005
Attracted to porch light. Found it on the front doorstep. It was huge. It took off after I took the photo. Then I ran inside. I have never seen anything like it before. Is it an Antlion? Looks similar to the ones in the guide but not exact.

In the family Corydalidae
This is in the family Cordydalidae, in the order Neuroptera. Common name for this family is Dobsonflies and Fishflies. They're neat insects, and you're right, they are huge.

Maybe someone else can narrow the ID down further for you.


Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV

Chauliodes pectinicornis
Yellow marks on head are distinctive, see, for example:

Patrick Coin
Durham, North Carolina

Thank You
For narrowing down the ID for me.

I forgot about the Fishflies. Thanks Steve.

Order revision
They used to be considered Neuroptera, but some infernal re-organizer has declared them now in Megaloptera. They are rather mega ...

Thank You
For the update on the order revision.

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