Mantispidae

Pronunciation: [Man⋅TISS·pe·dee]

Common Name:  Mantispids,  Mantidflies

Description:  Adults have an elongated prothorax and raptorial (prey-catching) front legs.  Wings fold flat over the back at rest.  Larvae are predators of spider eggs and wasp larvae.

Spot ID Key Characters:

  1. Elongated prothorax
  2. Raptorial (prey-catching) front legs

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Order: Neuroptera