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Species Ululodes quadripunctatus - Four-spotted Owlfly

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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 & Owlflies)
Subfamily Ascalaphinae (Owlflies)
Genus Ululodes (Split-eyed Owlflies)
Species quadripunctatus (Four-spotted Owlfly)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ululodes quadripunctatus (Burmeister, 1839)
=Colobopterus excisus Hagen
=Ululodes quadrimaculatus (Say, 1824)
Explanation of Names
quadripunctatus 'four-spotted'
Body ~38 mm, antennae ~25 mm
Sexually dimorphic: ♀ with diffuse dark spots near wingtips (variable and sometimes absent), ♂ with prominent tuft of black bristles on top of abdomen near base (resemble scent scales, or pencils, of some Lepidoptera)
male hindwings stalked (pedunculate), most visible when wings spread (character unique to U. quadrimaculatus), female hindwings have no prominent stalks
pterosigma cream-colored in both sexes (dark in U. macleayana)
e. NA north to NY-ON, west to NE-TX(1)
Summer, June-August in Piedmont region of NC
Life Cycle
Larvae predatory in leaf litter, etc. Adults come to lights in mid-summer. They are allegedly most active at dusk and dawn.
Works Cited
1.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.