Entomology (Study of Bugs)/Dragonfly?

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Hello, I was looking through you website a minute ago and I saw a dragonfly im guessing. you called it a genus vella. well I found one in my bathroom a few minutes ago and I was wondering if its a rare type or not.

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Hi, Nicole:

The genus Vella includes at least two species of our largest antlions, which are in a different order from dragonflies.

Antlions are in the family Myrmeleontidae, order Neuroptera (includes lacewings, owlflies).

Vella is fairly common across the southern third of the U.S.  The adults are often attracted to lights at night, then sometimes stay put through the next morning or day.  The larvae are called antlions or "doodlebugs."  Vella larvae do not make the funnel-like pits, but instead bury themselves in the sand and ambush small insects that happen by.

Thanks for sharing your discovery!

Eric

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Eric R. Eaton

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I answer insect and spider identification questions ONLY. Attach images if possible. No "what bit me?", "what do I feed this bug in captivity?", or science fair project questions please. NO TECHNICAL QUESTIONS ABOUT INSECT PHYSIOLOGY.

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Principal author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America. Professional entomologist employed previously at University of Massachusetts, Chase Studio, Inc., and Cincinnati Zoo; contract work for West Virginia Department of Natural Resources, Smithsonian Institution, and Portland (Oregon) State University.

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Author, Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Missouri Conservationist magazine, Ranger Rick, Birds & Blooms, Timeline (journal of the Ohio Historical Society). I have contributed to several books as well.

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Oregon State University, undergraduate major in entomology, did not receive degree.

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One of the top 50 experts in all categories for AllExperts.com, 2009.

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Principal author of the Kaufman Field Guide to Insects of North America, Smithsonian Institution (contract), Cincinnati Zoo (employer), Portland State University (contract), Chase Studio, Inc (employer), Arkansas Museum of Discovery (guest speaker). Currently seeking speaking engagements, leadership roles at nature festivals, workshops, and ecotours.

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