“Aquatic Caterpillars, Snout Moths”
“Alderflies, Dobsonflies, and Fishflies”
“Dragonflies and Damselflies”
47 species. Recenty combined genus from Pericoma and Telmatoscopus. Can be found in various habitats and live in very little water or damp locations, common name is moth or drain flies. Can be considered a house pest.
Collector / Gatherer
Widespread (east of the Rocky Mtns.)
Body Segments Subdivided
Distinct Thoracic Segments
Head Capsule Complete and Exposed
Mandibles Moving Horizontally
+ Expanded Character List
Order: Wings and wing pads absent. Eye spots sometimes visible, but compound eyes absent. Segmented legs absent, but sometimes fleshy prolegs present. Sometimes with distinct head, often without head or with head drawn deeply into thorax. Body flattened, cylindrical, or maggot-like.
Family: The head is distinct and conspicuous; there are no segmented legs; body segments are subdivided into 2 or 3 subdivisions, most of which have hard, dark, transverse plates; the end of the abdomen usually has a relatively short, conical respiratory tube.
Genus: Twenty six dorsal plates, all body segments divided into 2 or 3 subdivisions.