mantidfly

This strange little insect is a mantidfly, Zeugomantispa minuta – only the second one I’ve found.

While it may look like a mantis, it is actually in a completely different order, Neuroptera.

Like other mantidflies the larva of this species are parasitoids of spider egg sacs (an interesting article on this topic).

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2 comments
  1. myrmecos said:

    Lovely shots. Especially the close-up.

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