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Mantoida? - Mantoida maya

Mantoida? - Mantoida maya
Lady Lake, Lake County, Florida, USA
August 7, 2007
Size: 18mm
Came to my light, I had no idea what it was, then got a better look at it's head, looks very mantid like.

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Wildlife Reservations
This mantis species seems to be pretty rare in the US. Are there any wildlife reservations, fields, or gardens it might have come from?

The adult of this one:

Size, form of head, colour of eyes, and less pronounced mantid habitus are fitting.

Thank you
to everyone. Is it only the young that have the red head and thorax, and white on the antennae?
It was a very interesting creature.

I have tried to make it into all manner of Neuroptera. Unsuccessfully so far. Impressive thing. It does not appear to be a true Mantispid.

More likely a Mantis fly (Mantispidae). That's as far as I can take this one.

Just doesn't have that Mantisfly look to it
We're sticking with Machele and Mantoididae

Great images - great find
We don't know what it is, but would have made the same choice as you. Can't wait till the experts tell us more about this beauty!

Thank you
John and Jane, I appreciate your comments very much.

What a great shot of this uni
What a great shot of this unique insect!

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