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Owlfly eggs and hatchllings - Ululodes

Owlfly eggs and hatchllings - Ululodes
Jonesboro, Craighead County, Arkansas, USA
Size: eggs: 2-3 mm
25 June I found a plant stalk with two rows of large eggs near the tip, and then, on the side towards the base of the plant, what appeared to be a baffle--little stalks with something maybe sticky on top, perhaps to discourage ants. I brought the eggs home to see what they would turn out to be. On 3 July they hatched into what my guide books suggest to me were owlfly larvae. I've put them in the back yard, where I undertand they will hide under detritus and ambush whatever small creatures come along.

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Moved from Ululodes.

Moved from Owlflies.

#61233 Identification -- Ululodes sp.
This is an egg clutch of an owlfly of the genus Ululodes. Two Ululodes species are currently recorded from Arkansas, quadripunctatus and macleayanus, and it could be either of these. Note the fertile eggs (white) in two rows, and the abortive eggs ("repagula") below them. The latter are coated with an ant-repellant substance and act to protect the fertile eggs above. For accounts of the biology of one Ululodes species see Bibliography of the Neuropterida ( reference numbers (r#) 2875 and 2877.

Spectacular, will move to guide
Very neat. We should move these to their rightful place under that family Ascalaphidae--the images will make good thumbnails under "life history". I'll do that after everyone has a chance to see this note.

Nice work
On the guide page Patrick.

Thanks, moved to family level
I just put the thumbnails there. I'll move images to the family, Ascalaphidae. Seems like we should be able to get the genus at some point--surely the larvae are illustrated somewhere.

Terrific images
What a great addition to the guide!

I see they were not from your yard. Very nice.