Spring Fishfly (Chauliodes rastricornis)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Spring Fishfly (Chauliodes rastricornis)

Serrate Antennae is an identifying characteristic of females of the species. Males have pectinate (toothed) antenna.

Larvae aquatic, omnivorous(1); adults may not feed, though have been reported coming to moth “sugar”

(1) Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/3610
http://www.fnanaturesearch.org/index.php?option=com_naturesearch&task=view&id=1847

pupate on shore.

larvae reported as a predator of mosquitos (Aedes sp.) source:
http://ufdc.ufl.edu/UF00098163/00001/25?search=chauliodes (pg. 20)

Same family as Dobsonflies (Corydalidae)
http://www.uky.edu/Ag/CritterFiles/casefile/insects/dobsonflies/dobsonflies.htm

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1 comment
  1. I am always so amazed by the incredible diversity of the animal kingdom…It never ceases to amaze me.

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