Myrmecaelurus trigrammus Pallas 1771
Güzelçamlı, AYDIN ● Turkey
Description: Fore wings are 29.6mm, hind wings 28.3 mm, both yellowish transparent without any spots. Pterostigma, distinct, whitish. Hind wing, inner radial field with four cross veins, fore wing with six cross veins.
Abdominal segments are yellow, composed of 9 segments. A mid dorsal longitudinal brown line extends from the first to the last abdominal segment .On each side of the 6th and 7th abdominal segments is attached a pleuritosquamae, with long hairs especially dense on its distal part. Genitalia of male imago, consists of gonarcus and paramer.
Biology: Larvae feed on small insects, including ants. Adults fly from June to August.
Habitat: Phrygana, dry places.
Distribution: Mediterranean region, North Africa, Middle East, Iran, Sudan.
Mirmoayedi A., 2008. Morphological characteristics of larvae and imago of Myrmecaelurus trigrammus (Pallas, 1771) (Neuroptera, Myrmeleontidae), Iranian Journal of Animal Biosystematics (IJAB), Vol.4, No.1,1-6. ISSN: 1735-434X.