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Leptomantispa pulchella

Leptomantispa pulchella
Spring Mountains/Lucky Strike Mine Rd., Clark County, Nevada, USA
July 27, 2014

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Leptomantispa pulchella Leptomantispa pulchella

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Nice find!
The similarity of these mantispids to mantids is a great example of parallel evolution. This creature is actually more closely related to lacewings and ant lions than to praying mantises. The same evolutionary solution to the predatory life way evolved twice - each in a different insect lineage. Pretty awesome.

Thanks for the info. It was one of the more interesting bugs this summer and first time seen at my light set ups.

Leptomantispa pulchella…
See reference here.

Thank you!
Thank you for the ID!

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