Bittacus punctiger  Westwood, 1846


Diagnosis:  This species has distinctive spotting on all femora that no other North American hanging-fly has.  The wings are amber with dark shading of crossveins.  The male epiandrial lobes are longer than the basistyles with a dorso-apical point.  The proctiger sticks out high above the epiandrial lobes.  The cerci are longer than the basistyles. 


Distribution – Geographical:  This species is found in the southeastern U.S.A. from Maryland to northern Florida and westward to Texas and southern Illinois (Webb et al., 1975).


Distribution – Temporal:  This is an early season species, with adults being collected in late May and June.


Ecology:  Adults are found in understory brush associated with shaded, forests of high humidity, such as found along stream banks.


Biology:  Setty (1940) described the immature stages and rates of development of this species.


Notes:  The name punctiger refers to the dark spots on the femora.




Setty, L.R. 1940. Biology and morphology of some North American Bittacidae (Order Mecoptera). American Midland Naturalist, 23:257-353.


Webb, D.W., N.D. Penny, and J.C. Marlin. 1975. The Mecoptera, or Scorpion-flies, of Illinois. Illinois Natural History Survey Bulletin, 31:251-316.


Westwood, J.O. 1846. A Monograph of the Genus Panorpa, with Descriptions of some Species belonging to other allied Genera. Transactions of the Royal Entomological Society of London, 4:184-196.



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