Raphidia ophiopsis, copyright Guido Bohne. Belongs within: Raphidioptera. The Raphidiidae are a group of snakeflies characterised by the presence of three ocelli and a tube-like pronotum laterally covering the pleural region (Aspöck & Aspöck 1991). <==Raphidiidae     |–Agulla Navás 1914 VM20, A02     |    |–A. adnixa K67     |    |–A. astuta RD77     |    `–A. bicolor WHW10     `–+–Mongoloraphidia VM20        |    |–M. eklipes… Continue reading Raphidiidae


Fibla hesperica, copyright Thijs Valkenburg.Belongs within: Neuropterida. Contains: Baissopteridae, Mesoraphidiidae, Raphidiidae. The Raphidioptera, snakeflies, are a Holarctic group of predatory insects characterised by a remarkably elongate pronotum giving a appearance of a distinct ‘neck’. Characters (from Aspöck & Aspöck 1991): Mandibulate, endopterygote Neoptera; antennae multisegmented; compound eyes always present; ocelli present only in Raphidiidae; prothorax… Continue reading Raphidioptera


Grey flag caddisfly Hydropsyche siltalai, copyright Janet Graham. Belongs within: Hydropsychidae. Hydropsyche is a cosmopolitan genus of caddisflies in which fore wings have crossveins M3+4-Cu1 and Cu1-Cu2 widely separated, and hind wings are apically narrow and have the median cell closed. <==Hydropsyche Pictet 1834 BZ-M04     |–H. acinoxas Malicky 1981 BZ-M04     |–H. alternans R38     |–H. ambigua… Continue reading Hydropsyche

Hydroglyphus pusillus, the Tiny Tiger

Hydroglyphus pusillus, copyright Udo Schmidt. Let’s take another visit to the world of diving beetles. Above is Hydroglyphus pusillus, one of the few representatives in northern Europe of a genus that otherwise includes close to ninety species spread through the Old World, primarily in the tropics. Hydroglyphus species are tiny diving beetles, only about two… Continue reading Hydroglyphus pusillus, the Tiny Tiger


Aulacocyclus edentulus, copyright Donald Hobern. Belongs within: Scarabaeoidea. Aulacocyclus is an Australasian genus of bess beetles with projecting fore coxae and a distinct tubercle near the centre of the dorsal surface of the head. <==Aulacocyclus Kaup 1868 [incl. Caulifer Kaup 1871; Aulacocyclini] CW92     |–*A. edentulus (Macleay 1826) (see below for synonymy) CW92     |–A. aliicornis Kuwert… Continue reading Aulacocyclus


Liparochrus rufus, copyright Mark Newton. Belongs within: Scarabaeoidea. Liparochrus is an Australasian genus of scavenging beetles with a suboval body form, the sides of the elytra being more or less convex, and dense striae on the elytra. <==Liparochrus Erichson 1848 CW92     |  i. s.: L. alternans Macleay 1886 M86     |         L. asperulus Fairmaire 1877 CW92     |–L.… Continue reading Liparochrus


Ceratognathus niger, copyright Dash Huang. Belongs within: Scarabaeoidea. Ceratognathus is a genus of stag beetles found in Australasia and South America in which males often bear an erect dorsal cusp on the mandibles. <==Ceratognathus Westwood 1838 MC92     |–*C. niger Westwood 1838 [incl. Platycerus furcatus Castelnau 1840] MC92     |–C. abdominalis Parry 1870 MC92     |–C. bitumulatus Carter… Continue reading Ceratognathus


Lepanus parapisoniae, copyright Cate Lemann. Belongs within: Scarabaeinae. Lepanus is an Australasian genus of small, often shiny dung beetles. Characters (from Matthews 1974): Broadly oval, small (1.6-6.5 mrn), moderately to very convex. Colour usually uniformly rufopiceous, sometimes with rufous areas or entirely rufous or flavous. Surfaces usually strongly nitid and glabrous, sometimes more matt and… Continue reading Lepanus


Amphistomus sp., copyright Rebecca Harris. Belongs within: Scarabaeinae. Amphistomus is an Australasian genus of dung beetles with a tuberculate dorsum and the underside of the pronotum deeply excavated to receive the fore legs. Characters (from Matthews 1974): Oblong, trapezoidal or convex in cross-section, sides often nearly vertical, dorsal surfaces often flat. Small to medium (4-10… Continue reading Amphistomus