need id on winged bug, please…
Location: seaford, va
May 4, 2011 7:16 pm
hi! i saw this bug hangin’ out on my steps and thought it was quite unique and interesting. it measured about 2 inches long. can you please identify it for me? thanks.
Signature: tina

Spring Fishfly

Hi Tina,
Though your Spring Fishfly,
Chauliodes rastricornis, is a large insect, she is dwarfed by her distant cousin the Dobsonfly.  The males of the species have feathered, comb-like or the more scientific pectinate antennae, while the antennae of the females are more linear with sawtooth edges.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults typically fly late spring: March?-May (North Carolina), April-May (West Virginia). Seen into early June in New England (Massachusetts–guide photo). Further south, much of year (Florida).”

Location: Virginia

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