Image Credit: Paul and Kellie T. taken in West Tulsa County, OK
In a natural mash-up, Green Mantisflies have the head and front arms of a Praying Mantis, but the abdomen and wings more like that of a Lacewing.
Adults Green Mantisflies eat insects and use their front pair of legs to capture a meal. Like a Praying Mantis, this pair of legs bend in a way that resembles praying hands. This insect is not quite as fluid and agile in flight however. Its larvae are parasitic predators, sneaking a rides on an adult spider immediately after hatching. If it's a male spider, it waits until it can move over to a female during mating. Once on the female, it waits until she begins laying fertilized eggs and joins them. It gets envelope in the egg sac where it will feast on spider eggs until it is ready to pupate. It emerges as a winged adult.
Scientific Name: Zeugomantispa spp.
Other Name(s): Green Mantidfly, Mantispid
Antlion or Lacewing
Size (Adult; Length): 10mm to 30mm (0.39in to 1.17in)
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