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Species Dendroleon obsoletus - (Eastern) Spotted-winged Antlion

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Neuroptera (Antlions, Lacewings, and Allies)
Suborder Myrmeleontiformia (Antlions and Allies)
Family Myrmeleontidae (Antlions including Owlflies)
Subfamily Dendroleontinae (Spotted-winged Antlions and Allies)
Genus Dendroleon
Species obsoletus ((Eastern) Spotted-winged Antlion)
Explanation of Names
Dendroleon obsoletus (Say 1839)
Size
25-38 mm to wingtips
Identification
Large, with black circular spots on wings--distinctive in much of range. Antennae slightly clubbed, with pointed tips, often (or always?) pinkish in the middle (based on photos in the guide).

Range
e. US (NH-FL west to KS-NM) + ON(1)(2)
Season
Jun-Sep in NC(3)
Life Cycle
Larvae live in dry tree holes and logs and are seldom found. They are also debris-carriers.(4) Adults often come to lights.
Internet References
~ BOLDSYSTEMS website page Dendroleon obsoletus - Specimens identified by DNA testing
Works Cited
1.Neuropterida Species of the World catalogue (by J.D. Oswald)
2.Species catalog of the Neuroptera, Megaloptera, and Raphidioptera of America North of Mexico
Penny N.D., Adams P.A., Stange L.A. 1997. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 50: 39-114.
3.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
4.The ant-lions of Florida. II. Genera based on larvae (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae)
Lionel A. Stange. 1980. Entomology Circular No. 221.