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.