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Species Leptomantispa pulchella

California mantidfly - Leptomantispa pulchella Mantispid - Leptomantispa pulchella Mantidfly - Leptomantispa pulchella Mantispid - Leptomantispa pulchella Mantidfly - Leptomantispa pulchella Leptomantispa pulchella? - Leptomantispa pulchella Mantidfly - Leptomantispa pulchella Mantidfly, maybe Dicromantispa sayi - Leptomantispa pulchella
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Neuroptera (Antlions, Owlflies, Lacewings, Mantidflies and Allies)
Suborder Hemerobiiformia (Lacewings, Mantidflies and Allies)
Family Mantispidae (Mantidflies)
Subfamily Mantispinae
Genus Leptomantispa
Species pulchella (Leptomantispa pulchella)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Leptomantispa pulchella (Banks 1912)
Explanation of Names
Latin pulchella 'beautiful'
Small, yellowish, with brown and black pattern.
numerous fine setae visible in lateral view on the dorsal surface of the pronotum
pterostigma forming an angle of >40° with the end of the RA
body with yellow and brown tones
NB: can be easily confused with paler specimens of Dicromantispa sayi
Canada (sw. ON, so. BC(1)) to Costa Rica(2)
Detailed distribution records in US:
AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, KY, IL, IN, IA, LA, MS, MO, NV, NY, NC, OH, OR, SC, TX, UT, WA (3)(2)
Hosts are spiders commonly found on foliage (Anaphaenidae, Salticidae, Clubioidae, etc.) who also build silken retreats on leaves and under bark(1)
Life Cycle
First-instar larvae board spiders to gain access to freshly laid eggs; they will not feed on eggs unless they have spent some time on the dorsum of the spider pedicel, where they apparently feed on the host's haemolymph(1)
Works Cited
1.The Mantispidae (Insecta: Neuroptera) of Canada, with notes on morphology, ecology, and distribution
Cannings R.A., Cannings S.G. 2006. Can. Entomologist 138: 531-544.
2.Mantispidae (Neuroptera) of Mexico: Distribution and key to genera
Reynoso-Velasco D., Contreras-Ramos A. 2008. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 101(4): 703-712.
3.Systematics of the Mantispinae (Neuroptera: Mantispidae) of North, Central and South America
Kevin M. Hoffman. 1992. University Microfilms International.