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Genus Vella

Antlion - Vella americana Vella americana Moth?  - Vella americana Antlion - Vella fallax Large antlion species unknown attracted to porch light - Vella fallax Vella? - Vella fallax Antlion A2 8.22.18 - Vella fallax huge antlion - Vella americana
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 Myrmeleontinae (Giant, Long-tailed, and Pit-trapping Antlions)
Tribe Acanthaclisini (Giant Antlions)
Genus Vella
Explanation of Names
Vella Navás 1913
From Latin vellus 'wool, fleece'(1)
3 spp. in our area(2)
1. Vella americana: eastern US (FL, GA, NC, NJ, NY, SC, VA)
2. Vella eggerti: FL (Keys; also known from the Bahamas and Caribbean)
3. Vella fallax texana: western US (AZ, CA, NM, TX, UT)
very large--wingspan of adults 100-120 mm or more, body length 40-70 mm (Banks 1927, BG data)
Distinctive characters of this genus(2):
curved tibial spurs
wings with at least two series of costal cells
2 spp. in e. US + 1 sp. in w. US(2)
Life Cycle
larvae live in deep sand and burrow only backward(2)
Print References
Banks N. (1927) Revision of the Nearctic Myrmeleonidae. Bull. Mus. Comp. Zool. 68: 1-84 (BHL link)
Works Cited
1.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
2.American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of America North of Mexico
Ross H. Arnett. 2000. CRC Press.