Cannot locate specific info other than the following of the 4 spp in the US: P. signata, P. banski, P. dactylota & P. ?.
San Diego County, California, US
I can't find any information on how to get this cool looking Mantidfly past Genus level.
Photos taken on cellphone at Moth Week event. Sorry for quality.
Second from top. Guy called it a mantis fly.
About 1.5 - 2.0 cm long.
Tiene unos ojos impresionantes
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!
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.