Ascalaphus sinister

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Ascalaphus sinister
Owlfly Ascalaphidae female 3 by kadavoor.jpg
Female A. sinister
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Neuroptera
Family: Ascalaphidae
Genus: Ascalaphus
A. sinister
Binomial name
Ascalaphus sinister
Walker, 1853[1]
  • Helicomitus sinister (Walker, 1853)
  • Ogcogaster sinister (Walker, 1853)

Ascalaphus sinister is a species of owlfly from northern India. The thorax is covered in brown hairs, with yellow markings on the sides and ventral surface and a yellow stripe running down the dorsum. The head is yellow and covered in white hairs, with some black hair on the vertex. The antennae are rust red and not as long as the wings. The elongate abdomen is saffron yellow with two black stripes down the back and a number of black streaks along the sides. Legs are yellow.[2] The vagina in females is short and wide. The bursa copulatrix and receptaculum seminis are relatively proximate, with the latter being sclerotized and wrinkled.[3]


  1. ^ a b "Ascalaphus sinister Walker, 1853". Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  2. ^ Walker, Francis (1853). Catalogue of the Specimens of Neuropterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum: Part II.-(Sialidæ-Nemopterides). Bishopsgate, London: British Museum. p. 424. Retrieved 12 September 2014.
  3. ^ Sziráki, Gy. (2002). "Contribution to Knowledge of Female Internal Genitalia of Neuroptera" (PDF). Acta Zoologica Academiae Scientiarum Hungaricae. Hungarian Natural History Museum and Hungarian Academy of Sciences. 48 (2): 341–349. Retrieved 12 September 2014.

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