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Recent observations

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Observer

stephen_thorpe

Date

March 3, 2015

Description

Identification: Calomantispa venusta

Observation added here from BowerBird (click on the image link below to visit original observation page on BowerBird):

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Square

Observer

kucycads

Date

January 24, 2015

Place

Mututjulu (Google, OSM)

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Square

Observer

jameswbeck

Date

June 19, 2010

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Observer

jameswbeck

Date

August 9, 2008

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Observer

jameswbeck

Date

August 9, 2008

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Square

Observer

jameswbeck

Date

August 15, 2010

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Square

Observer

marcosmillan

Date

November 12, 2014

Place

chetumal (Google, OSM)

Photos / Sounds

What

Wasp Mantidfly Climaciella brunnea

Observer

scottking

Date

July 4, 2014 05:47 PM CDT

Description

Wasp Mantidfly
St Olaf Natural Lands
Northfield, Minnesota

Photos / Sounds

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What

Wasp Mantidfly Climaciella brunnea

Observer

scottking

Date

July 30, 2014 09:17 AM CDT

Description

Wasp Mantidfly
Norris Camp
Lake of the Woods County, Minnesota

Photos / Sounds

What

Mantispa Family Mantispidae

Observer

th0th

Date

December 26, 2014

Description

Found as an ectoparasite of a Tengellidae spider. Length 1 mm.

Interesting Reference noted in BugGuide:
Annu Rev Entomol. 1998;43:175-94. Biology of the Mantispidae.
Redborg KE.

"Members of the Neuropteran family Mantispidae, subfamily Mantispinae, are predators in the egg sacs of spiders, draining egg contents through a piercing/sucking tube formed by modified mandibles and maxillae. First-instar mantispids use two strategies to locate spider eggs: Larvae may burrow directly through the silk of egg sacs they find, or they may board and be carried by female spiders prior to sac production, entering the sac as it is being constructed. Mantispids that board spiders usually adopt positions on or near the pedicel; some species may enter the spider's book lungs. Larvae maintain themselves aboard spiders by feeding on spider blood . Transfers of larvae from spider to spider are possible during spider mating or cannibalism. All of the
major groups of hunting spiders are attacked by spider-boarding mantispids; the egg sacs of web-building species are also entered by egg-sac penetrators".

Photos / Sounds

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Observer

dhobern

Date

December 29, 2008 04:07 PM CET

Description

Spaminta minjerribae (Lambkin), to MV light, Aranda, ACT, 28/29 December 2008

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Observer

dhobern

Date

February 1, 2009 08:40 AM CET

Description

Spaminta minjerribae (Lambkin), to MV light, Aranda, ACT, 30/31 January 2009

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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.