alderfly

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Related to Alderflies: Sialidae, dobsonflies

alderfly:

see dobsonflydobsonfly,
common name for a group of insects of the order Megaloptera, found throughout E North America. The adults may be 5 in. (12.7 cm) long; the male has mandibles half as long as the body. They are soft-bodied insects with a fluttery flight, and are largely nocturnal.
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These insects belong to the order Megaloptera, which means "big wings." This order includes the smaller fishflies and alderflies. The eastern dobsonfly (Corydalus cornutus), with a wingspan of almost 6 inches, is the largest Megalopteran in the northeast.
The macroinvertebrate community in the mainstream of the Pigeon River commonly includes stoneflies (Taeniopterigidae), mayflies (Leptophlebiidae, Heptageniidae), caddisflies (Limnephilidae, Hydropsychidae, Phryganeidae, Polycentropodidae, Phil-opotamidae), amphipods (Gammaridae), isopods (Asellidae), black flies (Simuliidae), midges (Chironomidae), other Diptera (Athericidae, Culici-dae, Tabanidae, Tipulidae), true bugs (Belostomatidae, Corixidae, Gerridae, Nepidae, Notonectidae, Veliidae), water beetles (Dytiscidae, Gyrinidae, Haliplidae, Hydrophilidae), dragon flies (Anisoptera), damsel flies (Coena-grionidae)T hellgrammites (Corydalidae), alderflies (Sialidae), and crayfish (Decapoda).
A mitochondrial genome phylogeny of the Neuropterida (lace-wings, alderflies and snakeflies) and their relationship to the other holometabolous insect orders.