“Aquatic Caterpillars, Snout Moths”
“Alderflies, Dobsonflies, and Fishflies”
“Dragonflies and Damselflies”
“Giant Water Bugs”
No genus-level description defined.
Southeast: 9.8 and higher
Piercer / Predator
Widespread (east of the Rocky Mtns.)
Antennae Shorter than Head
Flat Air Straps 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: Depressed (flattened dorsoventrally), with elongate-oval shape in dorsal view. Eyes bulging from sides of head. Antennae shorter than head, usually hidden beneath eyes. Beak cylindrical and 3-segmented. Front legs raptorial, with tibiae and femora fitting tightly together to grasp prey. All legs flattened and equipped for swimming, mostly in short bursts. Pair of flat, retractile air straps in posterior end of abdomen for occasional respiration at water surface.
Genus: Not defined.