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Brown Mantidfly

Mantispa brunnea


Brown Mantidflies belong to the insect order Neuroptera, family Mantispidae. They are about 22mm to wing tips, black or brown mixed with yellw, with dark wings. They range throughout the US. The can be found using a sweep net, or by searching vegetation, especially flowers, where they lie in ambush to capture the insect prey that is their food.


Found amoung grasses and forbs.

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DavidIsrael 5 years ago

Yes, I think that the nomenclature has changed and the current "correct" scientific name is now Climaciella brunnea and the current common name is now Wasp Mantidfly, although you will still find it listed under the old name in may texts for some time yet.

lily 7 years ago

The eyes are so cool pretty shade of blue.

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