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Mantidfly - Climaciella brunnea

Mantidfly - Climaciella brunnea
Interlake, Manitoba, Canada
August 6, 2004
Not sure where to start looking for ID - looks almost like a cross between a wasp and a mantis. Oversized front legs used to pull itself up plant or onto adjacent one. present on the same small patch of Canada Thistle several times over the space of about 4 days. Always on or just below the flower head. Very slow moving. Not easily spooked and seemingly unwilling to fly in spite of the wings.

#5837 Identification (confirmed) -- Climaciella brunnea
This is the mantispid Climaciella brunnea (Say in Keating, 1824).

Stephen is right on. I'm excited to see these pics and I'm sure Patrick will be as well. Arnett (1) indicates these are rare so you should feel privileged to have seen one (I never have).

Looks like a Wasplike Mantidf
Looks like a Wasplike Mantidfly, perhaps Climaciella brunnea or something similar. Compare with the photo at:

There is a page for Wasp Mantidflies here at BugGuide, but no photos, so this one could make a nice addition.


Stephen Cresswell
Buckhannon, WV

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