Neuropterans of the family Raphidiidae, the snakeflies, are bizarre-looking insects with incredibly long prothoraxes and humped mesothoraxes. In Germany they are often called camelback flies. The adults, agile hunters, are active in forests. The female lays her eggs in fissures in bark through a long sabershaped ovipositor. The larvae develop under the bark where they prey on such insects as aphids and caterpillars. The distribution of snakeflies is wide-ranging, but they are absent from Australia. In North America they live only in the West.



INDEX : Insects     September 16, 2008 01:21:54 PM