“Aquatic Caterpillars, Snout Moths”
“Alderflies, Dobsonflies, and Fishflies”
“Dragonflies and Damselflies”
Not very common in aquatic habitats. Larvae are found in damp habitats. The adults are important pollinators.
Collector / Gatherer
Widespread (east of the Rocky Mtns.)
Head Not Externally Sclerotized
Mouth Hooks Moving Vertically
Posterior Spiracles Fused
+ 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 not evident, but is reduced to some sclerotized rods inside the thorax; there are no segmented legs; the pair of posterior spiracles are fused with each other and usually on the apex of a telescopic respiratory tube which can be short or very long.
Genus: respiratory tube about half the body when extended