Carly Melissa Tribull, Jenny Gan, Mick Mitchell, Elizabeth Bello
Journal of the New York Entomological Society 125 (1-4), 20-24, (6 November 2019) https://doi.org/10.1664/1947-5136-125.1.20
KEYWORDS: Merope tuber, Mecoptera, earwigflies, Long Island, collection records
Merope tuber Newman, 1838, commonly known as earwigflies or forcepflies, are an enigmatic member of Mecoptera that are known from eastern North America. Outside of collection localities and anatomy, relatively little is known about their behavior, reproduction, or any other aspect of their biology. In this manuscript, we report a new collection record of these uncommonly collected insects in Southold, Suffolk County, New York. While M. tuber are known from Ontario to Florida, their distribution is very discontinuous - this easily accessible field site represents new opportunities for future research, including the ongoing hunt for their larvae, which are currently unknown.