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What is it
Sorry about not sending this last with this last email. Do you know what this is? It was on my car under a bunch of Chinese elm trees.
Suzanne Koglin

Hi Suzanne,
This is a photo of the larva of a green lacewing (family Chrysopidae, order Neuroptera). Also called “aphid lions.” They eat large quantities of aphids. Adults are sometimes called “Golden Eyes.”

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(07/21/2004) Hi,
I hope all is well with you. Last night I saw this big guy hovering around the flood light on the back of my house. I tried to get better pictures, but he moved around pretty fast.
Best Regards,
Ed Cogan

Hi Ed,
Thank you for the photo of a Fishfly, Chauliodes species. These are relatives of Dobsonflies, both belonging to the family Corydalidae. They can be recognized because of their comblike antennae. Larvae are aquatic predators, and it is likely that adults do not feed.

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I know this is probably a common bug that everyone on this planet apart from my partner and myself have seen but curious got the better of us and we can’t find it in the encyclopaedia (mainly because we don’t know where to start looking). At first we thought maybe Ant lion, then cockroach, then alien larva from mars, then back to mutant crossbreeding of cockroach/ant lion. So I guess any help would be good
Thanks
Jason C

Hi Jason,
Thank you for sending in the photo of a Doodlebug. We have gotten several letters, but have not received a photo until yours. This is the larva of the Antlion, Family Myrmeleontidae.

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(12/26/2005)
” Oh, my! Neither one. I’d be willing to bet it is the larva of an owlfly (Ascalaphidae). Overall appearance, and behavior, are right for that family. Hesitate to be conclusive because there are other families of Neuroptera in that part of the world that are not represented in North America. Still, I”m reasonably confident that is what it is. Cool! Eric”

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Weird bug looks like a dobsonfly and yellow jacket mixed
Hi,
My wife and I found this bug in our house on the curtains. I have never seen one before so there’s no worries or anything, I was just curious and wanted to find out what it was. I looked all over the internet and can’t find it, but after coming across your site, I figured maybe you could help? We live in the Willamette Valley in Oregon. I saw pictures of dobsonfly’s and it looks similar to that but it has a longer neck and a body like a yellow jacket with a long tail (maybe a stinger???). I look forward to hearing from you!
P.S. Thanks for the great website, I find it very fascinating! 🙂
Andy

Dear Andy,
You have taken a photograph of a Common Snakefly, Agulla species. They can be recognized by their elongated prothorax and projecting head. Adults feed on small soft-bodies insects including young scale insects, aphids and mites, and are beneficial to farmers and gardeners. They are members of the order of Nerve-Winged Insects, Neuroptera that also include Dobsonflies.

Hello,
I got busy and never had a chance to reply and thank you. Thank you for identifying the insect and replying so quickly! I love your site and hope you continue to run it for years to come. You provide a very unique and excellent service. Thanks again.
Andy

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WHAT IS THE SCIENTIFIC NAME FOR THE DOODLE BUG?

The doodlebug is the larval form of the Antlion. The doodlebug digs a pit in the sand and waits for ants and other insects to fall into its waiting jaws. The adults are winged. The scientific name of the Family is Myrmeleontidae. There are over 89 North American species, and a common one is Dendroleon obsoletum.

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