Tuesday, July 14, 2015

Mantidfly (Dicromantispa interrupta)

(Dicromantispa interrupta)

Predatory: Adults eat small insects, caught with their raptorial forelegs.




Lisa at Greenbow said...

I have not seen this ill looking mantid. Ill looking in that I am used to seeing the Green ones. Interesting.

Marvin said...

Mantidflies are a case of convergent evolution where two different groups independently developed the same characteristics. (It's also a case of a confusing common name.) Mantidflies are more closely related to ant lions, lacewings and the like than they are to true mantids.