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Species Ascaloptynx appendiculata

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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
Species appendiculata (Ascaloptynx appendiculata)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Ascaloptynx appendiculata (Fabricius, 1793). Synonym:
Haploglenius appendiculatus (Fabricius, 1793)
Size
Body length ca. 38 mm, wingspan ca. 70 mm [based on one dead specimen from NC]
Identification
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
Range
s. US north to VA & MO, west to AZ(1)
Habitat
Forests
Season
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.
Remarks
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.