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Long bug (about 60 mm long)

 
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Stanley



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 6:39 am    Post subject: Long bug (about 60 mm long) Reply with quote

I found this bug lying on my porch. I thought that it was dead, and I carefully brought it into my house for photographing. But I think that it is slowly and slightly moving. So maybe it's not dead after all.

What kind of bug is this?









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Harold Gough



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 8:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm not familiar with them but I suggest it may be an alderfly Neuroptera, Sialidae.

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Stanley



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PostPosted: Tue Aug 04, 2009 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harold,

Thank you for your reply. It is helpful.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 12:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sorry to correct you, Harold, but that is a fish fly (genus Chauliodes), of the family Corydalidae. The genus differs from its even larger relatives (Dobson flies, genus Corydalus) by the pectinate antennae.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 2:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No problem, Harry. I was far from sure.

We don't get either over here.

Judging from a look at internet images, one or two others have made the same error.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 4:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harold Gough wrote:
We don't get either over here.


Unfortunately, because they are spectacular.
I have seen and occasionally caught Dobson flies in China - the males are intimidating with their huge (though virtually non-functional) mandibles. Their larvae (aquatic), however, are quite fierce biters when teased too much - and they are huge, too.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 06, 2009 7:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Harry,

It seems that you may be unaware of this post:

http://www.photomacrography.net/forum/viewtopic.php?t=7694

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