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Recent observations

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Observer

jaykeller

Date

July 26, 2014 12:20 AM PDT

Description

Cannot locate specific info other than the following of the 4 spp in the US: P. signata, P. banski, P. dactylota & P. ?.

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Observer

finatic

Date

July 26, 2014 12:18 AM PDT

Description

San Diego County, California, US

I can't find any information on how to get this cool looking Mantidfly past Genus level.

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Mantidflies Family Mantispidae

Observer

brentano

Date

July 25, 2014

Description

Photos taken on cellphone at Moth Week event. Sorry for quality.
Second from top. Guy called it a mantis fly.

Photos / Sounds

What

Mantidflies Family Mantispidae

Observer

johnratzlaff

Date

July 27, 2014 07:31 AM EDT

Description

About 1.5 - 2.0 cm long.

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

jwhittle

Date

July 25, 2014 09:58 PM EDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

Observer

tonyg

Date

July 21, 2014

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Mantidflies Family Mantispidae

Observer

pete_woods

Date

June 27, 2014 10:33 PM EDT

Description

Mothapalooza 2014

Photos / Sounds

What

Mantidflies Family Mantispidae

Observer

chiefredearth

Date

June 1, 2014

Place

vazhyila (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Mantidflies Family Mantispidae

Observer

justjohn

Date

June 27, 2014

Place

bryan park (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

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Observer

estebanibarra

Date

March 29, 2014 09:02 PM CST

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Tiene unos ojos impresionantes

Photos / Sounds

Observer

kueda

Date

June 5, 2014 09:53 PM PDT

Description

My first mantispid! BugGuide has a decent list of species for mantispids in the US and Canada, with unusually good ID notes. I jumped to Mantispinae based on image comparison, but you can also see the pterostigma (pigmented mark on the edge of the wing) is the wrong shape for Calomantispinae, and it doesn't have that mottled look of Symphrasinae. Within Mantispinae, it's not a wasp mimic, it's not green, and it's not in the southwest, which leaves Dicromantispa and Leptomantispa. BugGuide notes that Dicromantispa should have ribbing on the pronotum and hair tufts concentrated on either end (both visible in this image), while Leptomantispa should have more evenly distributed hairs and no ribbing. Your pic is sharp enough to show both these features pretty clearly, and BG says there's only one species of Leptomantispa in our area.

Also, check out their ridiculous life history. First instar larvae feed on lycosid eggs!

Photos / Sounds

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Observer

robberfly

Date

June 5, 2014

Description

Amazing Creature!

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Description from Wikipedia

Mantispidae, known commonly as mantidflies, mantispids, mantid lacewings or mantis-flies, is a family of small to moderate-sized insects in the order Neuroptera. There are many genera with around 400 species worldwide, especially in the tropics and subtropics. Only 5 species of Mantispa occur in Europe.

No range data available.