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Photo#50262
Adult Antlion - Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae - Brachynemurus sackeni - male

Adult Antlion - Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae - Brachynemurus sackeni - Male
Kerrville, Kerr County, Texas, USA
May 1, 2006
Size: 35 mm
This resembles a Dobson Fly, but the mouth parts are all wrong. What is it?

Moved
Moved from Antlions.

#50262 Identification -- Brachynemurus sackeni (male)
This is the antlion Brachynemurus sackeni Hagen, 1888. The strongly lyriform male abdominal appendages, while not unique to this species, are a good spot character to narrow down the possibilities.

Ant Lion
This looks like an adult Ant Lion. Family Myrmeleontidae.

Jay Cossey
PhotographsFromNature.com

 
Thanks, Jay
At least I was in the correct order. I have confirmed fron other pictures in the guide and elswhere. I have edited the title accordingly.

....Ed....

 
Great find
A great find. I've never noticed the "appendages" at the tip of the abdomen before.

You handled the white wall background well, too, those can be tricky.

--Stephen

Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV
www.stephencresswell.com

 
Claspers.
The specimen is a male. Males tend to have longer abdomens (exceeding the tips of the folded wings in some genera), adorned with the bracket-like claspers. The morphology of the claspers is probably one way (maybe the ONLY way) to determine the species. Very nice image!