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Species Climaciella brunnea - Brown Wasp Mantidfly

Mantidfly - Climaciella brunnea Wasp on potato plant leaf, - Climaciella brunnea BG2324 E5758 - Climaciella brunnea - male Mantidfly - Climaciella brunnea Mantidfly - Climaciella brunnea Wasp Mantidfly Climaciella brunnea - Climaciella brunnea Wasp Mantidfly - Climaciella brunnea unknown insect - Climaciella brunnea
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Neuroptera (Antlions, Lacewings, and Allies)
Suborder Hemerobiiformia (Lacewings and Allies)
Family Mantispidae (Mantid Lacewings)
Subfamily Mantispinae
Genus Climaciella (Wasp Mantidflies)
Species brunnea (Brown Wasp Mantidfly)
Other Common Names
Brown Mantidfly
Western Mantispid, Western Mantidfly
Wasp Mantidfly (note: this name applies to most all members of this genus so isn't very useful outside of our area)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Climaciella brunnea Say, 1824
Climaciella brunnea var. instabilis Opler, 1981
Climaciella rubescens Stitz, 1913
Climaciella rubescens var. laciniata Stitz, 1913
Climaciella rubescens var. unicolor Stitz, 1913
Mantispa brunnea Banks, 1911
Climaciella brunnea var. occidentis (Banks, 1911)
Climaciella occidentis (Banks, 1911)
Climaciella varia var. occidentis (Banks, 1911)
Climaciella brunnea (Banks, 1911)
Mantispa brunnea var. occidentis Banks, 1911
Mantispa burquei Provancher, 1875
Mantispa denaria Taylor, 1862
Mantispa moesta Hagen, 1861
Climaciella varia (Erichson, 1839)
Symphrasis varia (Erichson, 1839)
Mantispa varia Erichson, 1839
Orig comb.: Mantispa brunnea Say, 1824
Explanation of Names
Climaciella brunnea Say, 1824
Climaciella brunnea Say in Keating, 1824
from the Latin brunnea ('brown')
23-30 (35?) mm
A large mantidfly that's a hyper-variable Batesian mimic of the local species of paper wasps in the genus Polistes. compare:

Mimic of P. exclamans from Louisiana

Mimic of P. comanchus from Arizona

Mimic of P. carolina (center) / P. rubiginosus (right) from Louisiana

Mimic of P. aurifer from Colorado

Mimic of P. fuscatus from Ontario
Southern parts of British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec (Cannings & Cannings, 2006). Widespread in the United States. South to Costa Rica.
Old fields, etc., on flowers in spring. May come to lights into summer.
Spring (late May), into summer. Males short-lived, just in spring. Females live longer.
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 are parasitoids of spiders. Adults come to lights.

eggs; adult female; adult male:
A bit of movement in a windy, grassy field: VIDEO #1 and VIDEO #2.
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 (abstract).
Eaton and Kaufman, pp. 222-223, color photo (2)
Evans, p. 149--color photo (3)
Marshall, photo 255.1 (4)
Internet References
North Carolina State Univ. Entomology Collection lists for that state, with 41 pinned.
Resource Partitioning of prey in Mantispa, Climaciella - Links to several images