“Aquatic Caterpillars, Snout Moths”
“Alderflies, Dobsonflies, and Fishflies”
“Dragonflies and Damselflies”
10 species in North America. Because of their appearance as a long thin insect with large front legs and long "tail" they have been nicknamed water scorpians. Despite the name they are not venomous. The long "tail' is actually a respiratory tube.
Southeast: 7.5 and higher
Piercer / Predator
Widespread (east of the Rocky Mtns.)
Antennae Shorter than Head
Long Breathing Tube on Abdominal Apex
+ Expanded Character List
Order: Adults: With or without wings. If wings present, forewings typically leathery or hard basally and translucent and flexible apically. Nymphs: With or without wing pads. Segmented legs present. Mandibles hidden within needle-like beak in adults and nymphs.
Family: The mouthparts are slender, needle-like; the antennae are short and hidden from dorsal view; the end of the abdomen has a cylindrical breathing tube composed of 2 slender, non-retractile filaments.
Genus: anterior lobes of pronotum not wider than head, 3 genera