Atlas of African Neuroptera and Megaloptera

Record details

LacewingMAP:   15500
Province:   Western Cape
Country:   South Africa
Locus:   3219AA
Observer:   van Dyk Zenobia
Date of record:   2018-10-29
Number of photos:   3
Last updated:   2019-02-12 12:15:55
Sp. code:   326160
Species name:   FAMILY Mantispidae
Common name:   Unidentified Mantispidae
Family:   Mantispidae
Record status:   ACCEPTED
Collector's species id:   Mantispidae family
Institution:   ADU-UCT
Record URL:
VM-number: 15500 - photo: 1
VM-number: 15500 - photo: 2
VM-number: 15500 - photo: 3

Comments by the Expert Panel on this record:

Comment number:   1
By:   Mervyn Mansell
Comment:   This is probably an undescribed species, so not possible ti identify further at thsi stage. Mantispids have a unique biology in that the larvae are parasitic on spider's egg sacs where they feed on eggs and spiderlings. The eggs, laid in large batches, hatch into a triungulin larvae that seeks out a spider and is carried back to the nest. Once in the nest, the larva undergoes a hypermetamorphosis and cannot move elsewhere. Pupation takes place in a silken cocoon in the nest. Mantispidae are fairly rare in the western Cape.
Date:   2018-10-31 18:38:55
Species name:   FAMILY Mantispidae -- Unidentified Mantispidae
Species code:   326160

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