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Family Inocelliidae - Square-headed Snakeflies

Snakefly - Negha - female Inocelliidae, Negha sp. - Negha - male Square-headed Snakefly in California (March) - Negha - male Square-headed Snakefly in California (March) - Negha - male Snakefly #1 - Negha Snakefly - Negha - female Square-headed Snakefly - Negha - female Negha inflata male - Negha meridionalis - male
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Raphidioptera (Snakeflies)
Family Inocelliidae (Square-headed Snakeflies)
Numbers
One nearctic genus, Negha, with three species (1).
Identification
Generally larger than most raphidiids , with longer and thicker antennae (especially basally). Pterostigma lacks a cross-vein and is darker than that of raphidiids. (2)
Suggested by the family name, Inocelliidae lack ocelli (simple eyes). An illustration of the wing venation can be seen on p.471 in Borror & Delong (3)
Remarks
For much more information on this group, see the info page for order Raphidioptera.
Print References
Arnett, p. 346 (1)
Borror and Delong, p. 476 (3)
Grimaldi & Engel, p.338 (2)
Internet References
See BugGuide Info page for Order Raphidioptera for more detailed info.
Works Cited
1.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.
2.Evolution of the Insects
David Grimaldi and Michael S. Engel. 2005.
3.Borror and DeLong's Introduction to the Study of Insects
Norman F. Johnson, Charles A. Triplehorn. 2004. Brooks Cole.