Dobsonfly

dobsonfly

Common Name: Dobsonfly

Order Name: Neuroptera

Family Name: Corydalidae

Although the dobsonfly spends several years as a larval hellgrammite, the adult enjoys only a brief couple of days as a terrestrial adult. In harsh comparison to their voracious larvae, this male adult’s sickle-shaped mandibles are purely for decoration. The larvae has eight pairs of external gill filaments and will pupate in a mud cell close to the water prior to becoming an adult.