I saw and photographed two Mantispids on two different milkweed plants. I have recorded images at other times posted at URL: http://www.bio.umass.edu/biology/kunkel/butterfly_walk/2006/mantispid.html
This species looks like a small preying mantid but also looks like a paper wasp.
Shot at Tungareshwar National Park photowalk conducted by DCP expeditions for Great Nature Project by National Geographic
San Diego County, California, US
Gorgeous. Watched it shed from pupae to adulthood. There was a second exuvium in the same area indicating the spider that lived there was Parisitized by at least two individuals.
Wikipedia notes: Strictly speaking, the term "antlion" applies to the larval form of the members of this family, but while several languages have their own terms for the adult, there is no widely used word for them in English. Very rarely, the adults are called "antlion lacewings".
The insect order Neuroptera, or net-winged insects, includes the lacewings, mantidflies, antlions, and their relatives. The order contains about 6,000 species. The group was once known as Planipennia, and at that time also included alderflies, fishflies, dobsonflies and snakeflies, but these are now generally considered to be separate orders (the Megaloptera and Raphidioptera). Sometimes the name Neuropterida is used to refer to these three orders as a group. This is either placed at superorder rank, with...