Less than 2cm
Mantis Fly female laying eggs
mantis fly found in pool.
This is the first one I've found in it's natural environment--as opposed to a blacklight.
The ridged pronotum and more than 6 "wishbones" gives this one away:
Headed down to Mo Ranch in Hunt, Texas for a Texas Parks and Wildlife meeting for a few days. It included lots of meetings, but of course, we went outside some too. :)
This is the smallest one I've seen yet.
Uploading a set of September observations at my porchlight/blacklight.
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.