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Genus Dicromantispa

Dicromantispa interrupta - female Mantidfly - Dicromantispa sayi Mantispid! - Dicromantispa sayi Mantisfly - Dicromantispa sayi - male Dicromantispa sayi (mantisfly)  - Dicromantispa sayi Dicromantispa interrupta - male Dicromantispa sayi? - Dicromantispa sayi Double take - Dicromantispa interrupta
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 Dicromantispa
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Members formerly treated in Mantispa
Explanation of Names
Dicromantispa Hoffman, 2002
from the Ancient Greek δίκροος díkroos ('forked, cloven') + 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)
2 spp. in our area, 5 total(1)
pronotum with transverse ridges and very short, fine setae, concentrated in small patches at the anterior and posterior ends (with at most very sparse tiny hairs in between):
New World (Canada to Argentina); transcontinental in NA(2)(3)(4)
See Also
Dicromantispa (especially D. sayi) may be difficult to distinguish from Leptomantispa pulchella; in the latter, pronotum is smoother, with setae distributed more uniformly throughout the length:
Wing venation also helps separate these two genera (comments here).
Works Cited
1.Neuropterida Species of the World catalogue (by J.D. Oswald)
2.Systematics of the Mantispinae (Neuroptera: Mantispidae) of North, Central and South America
Kevin M. Hoffman. 1992. University Microfilms International.
3.Mantispidae (Neuroptera) of Mexico: distribution and key to genera
Reynoso-Velasco D., Contreras-Ramos A. 2008. Ann. Ent. Soc. Am. 101: 703-712.
4.The Mantispidae (Insecta: Neuroptera) of Canada, with notes on morphology, ecology, and distribution
Cannings R.A., Cannings S.G. 2006. Can. Entomologist 138: 531-544.