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Dicromantispa sayi


Less than 1 inch long insect that has the hindquarters of a wasp, head and grasping legs of a praying mantis and wings of a dobsonfly.


Rural back yard, attracted to moth lights.


The color in the eyes is actually refraction from the camera flash. No matter what angle you take the photo from, you get that cool pattern, even if you are above the mantisfly.

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29 Comments (1–25)

Tiffany McCormick
Tiffany McCormick 5 years ago

Oh my goodness, its eyes look like kaleidoscopic rainbows! Beautiful.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Congrats Lisa. The power of hypnotism.

Excellent photograph! And what a beautiful mantis!

James McNair
James McNair 7 years ago

Awesome so well deserved

LisaPowers 7 years ago

Thanks PN! I am SO excited! I believe this is my first Ranger nominated Spot of the Week!

Thank you to all who took the time to comment. This one is special to me. I have been wanting to find one for years. I found one years ago but did not get any good photos.

Dilan Chathuranga
Dilan Chathuranga 7 years ago

Congrats Lisa!!cool shot!!

MacChristiansen 7 years ago

Congratulations Lisa on your SOTW

KarenL 7 years ago

Congrats Lisa, our Ranger team has chosen your awesome macro as its Spotting of the Week! These amazing hypnotic eyes belong to a mantisfly – which despite its name and appearance is neither a mantis or a fly but a member of the Neuroptera order and more closely related to lacewings.


Ignacio Gamboa
Ignacio Gamboa 7 years ago

Cool!! Reminds me of Skull kid from The Legend of Zelda.

DanielePralong 7 years ago

Awesome insect and pictures Lisa!

Bhagya Herath
Bhagya Herath 7 years ago

wow!!!!! Beautiful....

Lisa beautiful series,those eyes are awesome,it look like aliens invaded Tenesse :-)
Congrats and thanks for sharing

Adarsha B S
Adarsha B S 7 years ago

Such a beautiful photo :)

I love the 4th photo! Great find Lisa!

LisaPowers 7 years ago

Wow! Thanks everyone! I knew I had something special as soon as I snapped this one. I have been waiting for years trying to find another one of these. I did not get any decent pics the last time I found one. I stalked this one for hours last night. :-)

RobThacker 7 years ago

Great find, congrats Lisa

gatorfellows 7 years ago

fascinating :)

Fantastic!! Great pictures of a good looking creature, LisaPowers.

Caleb Steindel
Caleb Steindel 7 years ago

don't look it in the eyes, they can sense fear ;) haha

Frederic Ansermoz
Frederic Ansermoz 7 years ago

Psychadelic look! Congrats!

Diaz José Miguel
Diaz José Miguel 7 years ago

Dude... mantisfly!

sunnyjosef 7 years ago

Wow!!! Starry eyed wonder!! Great find Lisa..

The MnMs
The MnMs 7 years ago

Beautiful eyes!

LisaPowers 7 years ago

The color in the eyes is actually refraction from the camera flash. No matter what angle you take the photo from, you get that cool pattern, even if you are above the mantisfly.

Uday 7 years ago


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Tennessee, USA

Spotted on Aug 16, 2014
Submitted on Aug 18, 2014

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