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Subject: Creepy Bug
Location: Lake Oswego, OR
May 17, 2016 2:27 pm
Hello!
This little guy greeted me outside my car window today. Just wondering if its poisonous or I need to worry. This is the first time I have seen it. Thanks!
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Snakefly

Snakefly

This is a harmless male Snakefly.  We get numerous identification requests of female Snakeflies as the stingerlike ovipositor makes many folks nervous, though like her mate, the female Snakefly is also perfectly harmless.  They are predators that feed on small insects like Aphids.

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Subject: Strang flying bug
Location: Northern California
May 15, 2016 4:12 pm
Hit bugman. I’m a tree worker in Paradise, California and have recently came across this strange flying bug on the job a few times. I first saw it when my coworker got stung on his chest after the bug flew up his shirt. The next day I found the same bug flying across the job and it almost looked like a cross between a wasp and a praying mantis. I was able to snap these pictures before it flew away. If you can identify the species if greatly appreciate it!
Signature: -Rob Mahon

Snakefly

Snakefly

Dear Rob,
This is a female Snakefly in the order Raphidioptera, and to the best of our knowledge, they do not sting.  According to BugGuide:  “Although adult females appear to have a long ‘stinger’, snakeflies do not sting and are harmless to humans. In fact, they are thought to be beneficial as predators of forest pests.”  What appears to be a stinger is actually the ovipositor used to lay eggs.

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Subject: Snakefly?
Location: Glen Ellen, CA
April 15, 2016 1:06 pm
I was sitting on my back deck when this little bug crawled up next to me on my chair. I stared at it for a long time and couldn’t figure out what it was. Initially worried it was a termite, but considered it could be some kind of flying ant.
I found your site and it looks like it is most likely a female snakefly. Can you confirm?
Thanks!!!
Signature: Bug Rookie

Snakefly

Snakefly

Dear Bug Rookie,
You are correct that this is a Snakefly, and the pointed ovipositor at the end of her abdomen indicates she is a female.  You may be a Bug Rookie, but you did your research admirably, and your image is spectacular.

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Subject: long and skinny with aft spike
Location: San Francisco peninsula, California
March 19, 2016 5:02 pm
This fellow was resting on a west-facing screen door late afternoon yesterday, Mar. 18, 2016, in thevon the San Francisco peninsula. Maybe an inch long. Seemed lethargic.
Signature: cwr

Square Headed Snakefly

Square Headed Snakefly

Dear cwr,
We believe that based on this BugGuide image, your Snakefly is a Square Headed Snakefly in the genus
Negha.  The “aft spike” is an ovipositor, indicating this is a female.

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Subject: What bug is this
Location: northern arizona
September 7, 2015 2:37 pm
Found this guy inside eating small beatles. Looks like a larvae of shine kind, maybe a Dragon fly?
Signature: matt

Snakefly Larva

Snakefly Larva

Dear Matt,
This is a predatory Snakefly Larva in the order Raphidioptera.  The adult Snakefly is a long necked, winged insect with a weak flight.

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Subject: Is this a mantisfly?
Location: www.google.de/maps/place/Oberschwäbisches+Museumsdorf+Kürnbach/@50.856122,8.1137543,5.25z/data=!4m6!1m3!3m2!1s0x0:0x1a12f9df180e6811!2sOberschwäbisches+Museumsdorf+Kürnbach!3m1!1s0x0:0x1a12f9df180e6811
August 16, 2015 3:00 am
Hi,
I found this bug in front of a farm house in southern germany in july. I had never seen such an insect before so i took the foto. It looks as if it is hevily injured which would explain that it stood still quite long.
It somehow looks like a mantisfly but all pictures of mantisflies occuring in Germany I could find look diffferent so I decided to ask you for help.
Thank you very much
Signature: Roland

Snakefly

Snakefly

Dear Roland,
Although it looks somewhat similar to a Mantisfly, your insect is a Snakefly that is classified in a completely different insect order, Raphidioptera.  According to BugGuide:  “Both larvae and adults are predatory, though they are capable of catching and killing only small and weak prey. Snakefly larvae feed on eggs and larvae of various insects, as well as adults of minute arthropods (e.g. mites, springtails, barklice, and homopterans). Adults typically prefer aphids but may eat a wide variety of arthropods.”

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