“Aquatic Caterpillars, Snout Moths”
“Alderflies, Dobsonflies, and Fishflies”
“Dragonflies and Damselflies”
19 species in North America.
Piercer / Herbivore
Widespread (east of the Rocky Mtns.)
Antennae Shorter than Head
Scoop-like Front Tarsi
Short, Triangular Beak
+ 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: Generally smaller bugs, nearly parallel-sided in dorsal view, slightly convex dorsally. Rostrum (beak) uniquely triangular (not extended as slender needle). Antennae shorter than head and hidden in dorsal view.
Genus: mature specimen usually longer than 5.9 mm, eyes not protuberant, rostrum with transverse striations