The name for the non-aggressive Snakefly stems from their physical, not behavioral, resemblance to snakes.
Long necks make this insect look like it has the head of a snake. Snakeflies have wings that are longer than their actual body. Both pairs of wings are equal in length. Females have a needle-like ovipositor used to deposit eggs into tree bark crevices or dirt. It is not a stinger. Adults can be seen cleaning their legs and antennae often. That behavior is also part of their courting ritual.
The diet of both young and adult Snakeflies makes them beneficial to have around. Larvae live on bark or in the soil and eat soft insects like grubs. Grubs can destroy garden plants and flowers by eating away at the roots. Occasionally, the long, segmented larvae are found hunting indoors if the wood they hatched on is brought near or inside a home. They molt more than ten times as they develop into mature adults. Adults prey on insects like their younger generation and also eat pollen. This species can be found in the western part of the continent.
Scientific Name: Agulla adnixa
Size (Adult; Length): 15mm to 22mm (0.59in to 0.86in)
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