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Photo#302091
Mutant alien?? - Dicromantispa sayi

Mutant alien?? - Dicromantispa sayi
DuPage County, Illinois, USA
July 5, 2009
Size: 15mm

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Amazing shot!
I've never seen one of these before, but remembered an illustration from my college entomology textbook. It is a Mantidfly (Neuroptera:Mantispidae). The adults are predaceous and the larvae parasitic in the egg sacs of ground spiders according to Borror, Delong, and Triplehorn (4th ed). Great bug!!

 
Amazing shot...
Thanks Nick, I considered myself lucky to witness this event and get a few good shots of it. Quite an amazing little creature...

 
Original (full size) pics
I'm happy to share the original full size shots with anyone interested. Just shoot me an email request. My address can be found on my profile page. I also have very good shots of a mantis, taken a few years ago, if interested.