Insect Identification
Insect Identification

Alderflies, Fishflies and Dobsonflies

Authored By Staff Writer | Last Updated: 2/16/2016

Fearsome appearance aside this group of insects remains one of the more fascinating of its kind.

Dobsonflies, Fishflies and Alderflies are from the all-encompassing order Megaloptera. No fewer than 43 species of megalopterans are known in North America with some 300 or so known species worldwide. In general, this order of insect lives a rather short life and, interestingly, does not need to eat. All three insect types feature long antenna though of differing design and large compound eyes while Dobsonflies and Fishflies add smaller simple eyes to the mix. Each species can also fly and is seen with two sets of wings, these lying flat on the Dobsonfly and Fishfly and inward canted on the Alderfly when at rest.

There are a total of (3) Alderflies, Fishflies and Dobsonflies in the Insect Identification database. Entries are listed below in alphabetical.

Thumbnail picture of the Dobsonfly
Male Dobsonflies appear to be quite fearsome, having what appears to be tentacle-like appendages for... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Fishfly
Fishflies are part of the Alderfly and Dobsonfly group of winged insects. They are generally noticed... [Read More]
Thumbnail picture of the Green-Lacewing
Green Lacewings are widespread across North America. They are small and look very delicate. They a... [Read More]