Spring Fishfly (Chauliodes rastricornis)

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

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Serrate Antennae is an identifying characteristic of females of the species. Males have pectinate (comb-like) antenna. So this is a guy.

Larvae aquatic, omnivorous(1); adults may not feed, though have been reported coming to moth “sugar” which this guy proves since I noticed him at night alongside all the moths dirtying up my window trying to get to my kitchen light.

(1) Learn: http://bugguide.net/node/view/3610

Learn more:
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

Female (March 2015)

female fishfly

female fishfly

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