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Genus Ascaloptynx

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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 Ascalaphinae (Owlflies)
Genus Ascaloptynx
Explanation of Names
Ascaloptynx Banks 1915.
Numbers
A single species in our area(1). Appears to be a monotypic genus. Two species listed by GBIF, appendiculata and oligocenicus, a fossil species from the Oligocene of France.
Size
Wingspan ~70 mm
Identification
Similar to Ululodes, but eyes not grooved; all wings stalked
Range
s. US north to VA & MO, west to AZ(1)
Remarks
A member of the tribe Haplogleniini Newman 1853, that contains 2 genera described in our area (plus Haploglenius by a single BugGuide record) and ~100 spp. in 15 genera total (distributed worldwide except Europe and Australia) (King 2010). The other North American member of the subfamily is genus Ascalobyas.
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.