Explanation of Names
Zeugomantispa Hoffman 2002
from the Ancient Greek ζεῦγος (zeugos) 'paired, joined, yoked' + mantispa (referring to mantidfly genera)
from the genus Mantispa, derived from the genus Mantis + the Latin pāgāna ('area outside of a city or countryside')
from the Ancient Greek μάντις (mantis) meaning 'soothsayer' (referring to the raptorial forelegs, which were thought to resemble hands held in prayer)
A single species in our area(1)
; 2 more spp. occur in Central America to Argentina.
This is the only mantispid genus in our area with body largely green in color (although color in preserved specimens is frequently pale yellow(2)
). Our single species is Z. minuta(3)
Cannings, R.A. & S.G. Cannings. 2006. The Mantispidae (Insecta: Neuroptera) of Canada, with notes on morphology, ecology, and distribution. Can. Entomologist 138: 531-544 (Full Text
Hoffman K.M. 2002. Family Mantispidae. In: Penny N.D., ed. A guide to the lacewings (Neuroptera) of Costa Rica.
Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 53(12): 251-275. [Read online
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Hoffman K.M. 1992. Systematics of the Mantispinae (Neuroptera: Mantispidae) of North, Central and South America. Ph.D. dissertation. Clemson University, Clemson, SC. xiii+501 pp.
Reynoso-Velasco, D. & A. Contreras-Ramos. 2008. Mantispidae (Neuroptera) of Mexico: Distribution and key to genera. Ann. Entomol. Soc. Am. 101(4): 703-712 (Full Text