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Genus Dicromantispa

What in the World? - Dicromantispa sayi - male Mantidfly - Dicromantispa sayi Mantispid - Dicromantispa sayi mantidfly - Dicromantispa sayi Dicromantispa? - Dicromantispa sayi - female Dicromantispa sayi? - Dicromantispa sayi - male Dicromantispa interrupta Mantidfly? - Dicromantispa interrupta
Classification
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 (Mantidflies)
Subfamily Mantispinae
Genus Dicromantispa
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Members formerly treated in Mantispa
Explanation of Names
Dicromantispa Hoffman 2002
Numbers
2 spp. in our area, 5 total(1)
Identification
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):
Range
New World (Canada to Argentina); transcontinental in NA(2)(3)(4)
See Also
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 taxa (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.