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Green Mantidfly

Zeugomantispa minuta


I thought it was a green lacewing but it is really a small mantis with transparent wings. About 15 mm long. I tried to get closer but it flew away. They get their name from their mantis-like appearance, as their spiny "raptorial" front legs are modified to catch small insect prey and are very similar to the front legs of mantids.


Semi desert.

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LuisStevens 7 years ago

Thank you Cindy!

Nice find, Luis!

LuisStevens 7 years ago

Thank you TJHginger for the ID. I really wanted to know what it was.

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San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí, Mexico

Spotted on Jun 16, 2013
Submitted on Jul 3, 2013

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