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Order Megaloptera - Alderflies, Dobsonflies, and Fishflies

Neohermes angusticollis or californicus? - Neohermes Insect Adams County, Ohio - Nigronia Dobsonfly - Corydalus cornutus - male Antlion - Chauliodes Dobsonfly - Corydalus texanus - male 6486 Rather large flying insect - Corydalus cornutus - male Alderfly - Sialis
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Megaloptera (Alderflies, Dobsonflies, and Fishflies)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Formerly treated as a part of Neuroptera
Explanation of Names
Greek megalo 'large, great' + pteron 'wing'
43 spp. in 8 genera of 2 families in our area(1)(2)
key to larvae & adults of the eastern spp.(3)
Life Cycle
Holometabolous, complete metamorphosis. Larva may take 1 to 5 years to complete development.
See Also
other Neuropterida: Raphidioptera, Neuroptera
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