Atlas of African Neuroptera and Megaloptera

Record details

LacewingMAP:   17466
Province:   Northern Cape
Country:   South Africa
Locus:   3022CA
Observer:   Tippett RM
Date of record:   2020-11-13
Number of photos:   3
Notes:   Fairly large species. I do not recall seeing this species before. Later seen voraciously eating a fly whilst clinging to the wall with one leg. The fly was not killed first and was still alive after the antlion was done feeding.
Last updated:   2021-01-12 17:27:40
Sp. code:   327780
Species name:   Creoleon mortifer
Common name:  
Family:   Myrmeleontidae
Record status:   ACCEPTED
Collector's species id:  
Institution:   ADU-UCT
Record URL:
Links:   • Locus: Summary | Records       • Species: Records | Distribution map
VM-number: 17466 - photo: 1
VM-number: 17466 - photo: 2
VM-number: 17466 - photo: 3

Comments by the Expert Panel on this record:

Comment number:   1
By:   Mervyn Mansell
Comment:   A common and widespread species, occurring throughout most of southern Africa and northward. It is highly variable, often with black streaks in the wings that have led to numerous synonyms. Rests with wings wrapped around the body. Larvae live freely in sand.
Date:   2021-01-12 17:27:40
Species name:   Creoleon mortifer
Species code:   327780

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