Atlas of African Neuroptera and Megaloptera

Record details

LacewingMAP:   16635
Province:   Northern Cape
Country:   South Africa
Locus:   3024DC
Observer:   Tippett RM
Date of record:   2020-02-15
Number of photos:   3
Last updated:   2020-03-31 18:21:16
Sp. code:   329560
Species name:   Palpares speciosus
Common name:  
Family:   Myrmeleontidae
Record status:   ACCEPTED
Collector's species id:  
Institution:   ADU-UCT
Record URL:
VM-number: 16635 - photo: 1
VM-number: 16635 - photo: 2
VM-number: 16635 - photo: 3

Comments by the Expert Panel on this record:

Comment number:   1
By:   Mervyn Mansell
Comment:   This is a Cape endemic, widespread in the Western Cape and parts of Northern and Eastern Cape Provinces. Frequently found in fynbos and Karoo biomes. Extends about as far eastwards as Grahamstown and is then replaced by its adelphotaxon (sister-species) Palpares caffer to the north as far as Zimbabwe. This was the first antlion to be described from Africa, by Linnaeus. The large black larvae live in soil among grass tussocks.
Date:   2020-02-20 14:57:59
Species name:   Palpares speciosus
Species code:   329560

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