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Species Ascaloptynx appendiculata

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Neuroptera (Antlions, Owlflies, Lacewings, Mantidflies and Allies)
Suborder Myrmeleontiformia (Antlions and Owlflies)
Family Ascalaphidae (Owlflies)
Genus Ascaloptynx
Species appendiculata (Ascaloptynx appendiculata)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ascaloptynx appendiculata (Fabricius, 1793). Synonym:
Haploglenius appendiculatus (Fabricius, 1793)
Body length ca. 38 mm, wingspan ca. 70 mm [based on one dead specimen from NC]
A slender owlfly with four stalked wings, eyes not divided, as in Ululodes. Leading edge of each wing has dark stripe of pigment--apparently distinctive
s. US north to VA & MO, west to AZ(1)
May-July (NC)
Life Cycle
Eggs are laid on twigs in shade. Larvae are predatory, terrestrial, resemble oak leaf, wait for prey to happen by.
Reported to have a musky odor, likely to be chemical defenses.
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.