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Species Climaciella brunnea - Wasp Mantidfly

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Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Neuroptera (Antlions, Lacewings and Allies)
Suborder Hemerobiiformia
Family Mantispidae (Mantidflies)
Subfamily Mantispinae
Genus Climaciella
Species brunnea (Wasp Mantidfly)
Other Common Names
Western Mantispid, Brown Mantidfly
Explanation of Names
Author is Say, 1824.
Size
23-30 (35?) mm
Identification
Large mantidfly, Batesian mimic of Polistes wasp, compare:

Found on flowers in spring, may come to lights into summer.
Range
Much of North America: southern Canada through much of United States.
Habitat
Old fields, etc., with flowers.
Season
Spring (late May), into summer. Males short-lived, just in spring. Females live longer.
Food
Predatory on other insects (and other Mantidflies), especially those coming to flowers. Also takes some nectar and sap.
Life Cycle
Males and females found on flowers in spring, where mating presumably occurs. Larvae parasitoids of spiders. Adults come to lights.
Print References
Arnett p. 349 (1)
Cannings and Cannings, 2006. The Mantispidae (Insecta: Neuroptera) of Canada, with notes on morphology, ecology, and distribution. Can. Entomologist 138: 531-544 (PDF).
Eaton and Kaufman, pp. 222-223, color photo (2)
Evans, p. 149--color photo (3)
Marshall, photo 255.1 (4)
Internet References
Winds of Kansas discusses life history.
TAMU--discusses life history
North Carolina State Univ. Entomology Collection lists for that state, with 41 pinned.
Resource Partitioning of prey in Mantispa, Climaciella
Invasive.org - Links to several images