The non-aggressive Snakefly looks like a snake, but it does not act like one.
Long necks make this insect look like it has the head of a snake. Snakeflies have transparent wings that are longer than their actual body. A network of black veins cover all four of them. Both sets 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 often be seen cleaning their legs and antennae, a behavior that is also a 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, turf, and flowers by eating away at the plant's 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 also prey on insects and add pollen to their diet as well. This particular species is 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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