Snakeflies (Raphidioptera)

Snakeflies, sometimes called camel-flies, are distinguished by their long necks. They are predators of small arthropods. Larvae live in leaf litter and eat aphids or other prey. Snakeflies have two pairs of membranous wings that are folded over the abdomen at rest. Females have a long tube at the end of the abdomen, an ovipositer, for laying eggs.


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© 2004 Joyce Gross
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© 2005 Joyce Gross
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© 2005 Joyce Gross

Quick ID

  • Long snake-like neck
  • Two pairs of membranous wings

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