What in the heck is this?

Talkenlate04

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It landed on me, never seen one before and when I grabbed it, it bit me. I know someone on here will know what this crazy looking guy is called.
 

lucanidae

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Snakefly, Rhaphidioptera, family Raphidiidae, genus Agulla, female. Cool, we don't get them on the east coast.
 

Talkenlate04

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What does it eat? Seems like it kills something for food. Its a female to but that's all I know about them.
 

Widowman10

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What does it eat? Seems like it kills something for food. Its a female to but that's all I know about them.
mainly feeds on small insects such as aphids/catepillars. scurries after smaller food items and catches them. considered very helpful in gardens/orchards cause they eat pests (like aphids). any other questions?
 

Talkenlate04

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Na I think that covers it. I just had never seen one before, it looked like a termite/fly/cricket. Guess ill let her go.
 

Mr. Mordax

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They're fun. I'd only seen two random occurrences before until we started using these weird pyramid traps at work to catch weevils. It seems the traps work best at catching snakeflies. :?

Here I am out in the field, hoping to find some filbert weevils, and instead I have a trap full of five or six angry snakeflies. :D

By the way, lucanidae was able to sex it by the prominant ovipositor. Males lack those.
 
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