Snake flies

Snake flies are insects in the family Raphidiidae. Snakeflies, sometimes called camel-flies, are distinguished by their long necks. They are predators of small arthropods. Larvae live in leaf litter and eat aphids or other prey. Snakeflies have two pairs of membranous wings that are folded over the abdomen at rest. Females have a long tube at the end of the abdomen, an ovipositer, for laying eggs.

Snakeflies occasionally inhabit various areas of houses by accident, but mostly live outside on trees. Though seldom seen, these insects are common in wooded areas, usually in association with bark. Continue reading »