The members of this family are large, speckled insects that are usually found near water. They are equipped with long, sharp appendages with which they stab the larvae of aquatic Diptera. The males emit an odor to attract the females, and the family is named for this characteristic. The term Osmylidae is derived from the Greek word for a type of marine octopus that gives off a strong odor.



INDEX : Insects     September 16, 2008 01:44:15 PM