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what is it please? - Dicromantispa sayi

what is it please? - Dicromantispa sayi
loudonville, Ashland County, Ohio, USA
August 23, 2011
Size: Under 2 inches

Moved from Mantidflies.

Moved from ID Request.

Looks like a mantis-fly, or mantispid (family: Mantispidae). They're related to lacewings, but look like praying mantises - good example of the same features evolving more than once, in two lineages, respectively.

Joseph! Thanks!
That parallel evolution (?) is truly interesting. So much to ponder in the tiniest of creatures.