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Leptomantispa pulchella At a 365nm UV light setup at the edge of a dense mixed forest. <br />
The 3rd mantidfly species I have found here in the span of a year!<br />
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From last year:<br />
Green Mantidfly (Zeugomantispa minuta)<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83169/green_mantidfly_zeugomantispa_minuta.html" title="Green Mantidfly (Zeugomantispa minuta)"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3231/83169_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1613001610&Signature=RclHv0k9OadRaJT9U51OO9ZXmu4%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Green Mantidfly (Zeugomantispa minuta) My second species of mantidfly this summer! They are SO hard to photograph!<br />
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At a 395nm UV light setup at the edge of a dense mixed forest. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83167/green_mantidfly_zeugomantispa_minuta.html Geotagged,Summer,United States,Zeugomantispa minuta" /></a></figure><br />
Four-spotted Mantisfly (Dicromantispa interrupta)<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/82412/four-spotted_mantisfly_dicromantispa_interrupta.html" title="Four-spotted Mantisfly (Dicromantispa interrupta)"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/3231/82412_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1613001610&Signature=V6I6U%2FDZ2w8Swkz%2BeedKRknuMo8%3D" width="102" height="152" alt="Four-spotted Mantisfly (Dicromantispa interrupta) Small Mantispid at a 395nm UV light setup at the edge of a dense mixed forest. <br />
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Wish I would have gotten clearer shots before it flew away!<br />
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Leptomantispa pulchella

At a 365nm UV light setup at the edge of a dense mixed forest.
The 3rd mantidfly species I have found here in the span of a year!

From last year:
Green Mantidfly (Zeugomantispa minuta)

Green Mantidfly (Zeugomantispa minuta) My second species of mantidfly this summer! They are SO hard to photograph!<br />
<br />
At a 395nm UV light setup at the edge of a dense mixed forest. <br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/83167/green_mantidfly_zeugomantispa_minuta.html Geotagged,Summer,United States,Zeugomantispa minuta

Four-spotted Mantisfly (Dicromantispa interrupta)
Four-spotted Mantisfly (Dicromantispa interrupta) Small Mantispid at a 395nm UV light setup at the edge of a dense mixed forest. <br />
<br />
Wish I would have gotten clearer shots before it flew away!<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/82413/four-spotted_mantisfly_dicromantispa_interrupta.html Dicromantispa interrupta,Geotagged,Summer,United States

    comments (6)

  1. Yay! Really awesome, Lisa! Posted 5 months ago
    1. Thank you, Twinsie! It really made my week/month/year! Haha! Posted 5 months ago
  2. Wild! Love it! Posted 5 months ago
    1. Thank you, Ferdy! It was such a well-mannered insect too. Every mantispid I have met has been so curious and unphased by interaction! Posted 5 months ago
  3. Today's Facebook post:

    hese stunning creatures are mantisflies (Order Neuroptera, Family Mantispidae)! There are approximately 400 species worldwide, with most living in the tropics. Depending on the species, adults may grow to 25 mm (1 in) in length. Mantisflies are predators and feed on a variety of insects, capturing prey in the same manner as a prating mantis.
    Despite their common name, they are not flies, nor are they mantises. They definitely have a mantis-like appearance though, thanks to their raptorial front legs, large eyes, and triangular heads. But, they also have the abdomen and wings of a lacewing! This hodgepodge of parts makes them look like the insect version of a chimera!
    As awesome as the adults are (just look at their eyes!), the larvae are arguably more weirdly spectacular. They are holometabolous, which means they undergo complete metamorphosis with the larvae looking nothing like the adults. They start life as tiny, very active larvae. They are constantly on the move, searching for…spiders! A larva must board a spider and ride around on it until the spider lays eggs. If it gets hungry during this time, it will feed on the spider’s blood. If a larva has the misfortune of boarding a male spider, it can move onto a female when the male copulates with one. When the female lays eggs, a mantisfly larva crawls onto them, get wrapped in the silk, and then feeds on the eggs. Eventually, it pupates and the adult emerges to begin the cycle again. #JungleDragon #Mantispidae #Mantidfly #Mantisfly

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    Posted 5 months ago
    1. Awesome writeup/feature! I can't wait for more documentation of these awesome creatures! Also, now I really want to find mantispid larvae! Posted 5 months ago

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''Leptomantispa pulchella'' is a species of mantidfly in the family Mantispidae. It is found in the Caribbean Sea, Central America, and North America.

Similar species: Net-winged Insects
Species identified by Lisa Kimmerling
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By Lisa Kimmerling

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Uploaded Jul 27, 2020. Captured Jul 27, 2020 05:40 in 227 Oakman Rd NE, Oakman, GA 30732, USA.
  • Canon EOS 6D Mark II
  • f/20.0
  • 1/83s
  • ISO640
  • 100mm