Monday, November 22, 2010


Common Name: Dobsonfly
Scientific Name: Corydalus sp.

 Kingdom:       Animalia
Phylum:          Arthropoda
Subphylum:    Hexapoda
Class:             Insecta
Subclass:       Pterygota
Infraclass:       Neoptera
Superorder:   Endopterygota or Neuropterida
Order:             Megaloptera
Family:           Corydalidae
Subfamily:      Corydalinae
Dobsonflies spend most of their life in the larval stage, during which they are called hellgrammites
After a few years of living and growing underwater, the larvae crawl out onto land and pupate. They stay in their cocoons over the winter and emerge only to mate. Upon emerging, they live for only seven days. While not generally believed to eat during their adult stage

09-03-1993Location : Palode, Thiruvananthapuram
Eyes        : Compound eyes, light green tint
Legs         : Small white hairs in legs and in the body
                     Thorn-like parts at the end of the legs
Wings      : Transparent, Brown in colour, with veins, Hard as dragonfly. When at rest, wings are held flat over the back and extend beyond the abdomen
Very slow speed in flight. Flying sound is like dragonfly

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