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Genus Leptomantispa

Mantidfly - Leptomantispa pulchella Mantispid - Leptomantispa pulchella Leptomantispa pulchella? - Leptomantispa pulchella Mantispidae? - Leptomantispa pulchella Mantidfly - Leptomantispa pulchella Tiny praying mantis - Leptomantispa pulchella Mantidfly - Leptomantispa pulchella Mantidfly - Leptomantispa pulchella
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Neuroptera (Antlions, Owlflies, Lacewings, Mantidflies and Allies)
Suborder Hemerobiiformia (Lacewings, Mantidflies and Allies)
Family Mantispidae (Mantidflies)
Subfamily Mantispinae
Genus Leptomantispa
Explanation of Names
Leptomantispa Hoffman 2002
Greek lepto 'slender' + Mantispa
A single species in our area, ~10 spp. total (Machado & Rafael 2007)
Characters of the genus(1):
numerous fine setae visible in lateral view on the dorsal surface of the pronotum
pterostigma Forming >40° angle with end of RA (=anterior radial vein)
body with yellow and brown tones
Pronotum smooth (no appreciable transverse ridges), with short setae distributed uniformly throughout its entire length(2):
L. pulchella is easily mistaken for Dicromantispa (and vice versa); differences are very hard to see in most images. In Dicromantispa, pronotum has evident transverse ridges(2) and very inconspicuous setae (small patches of very short, fine hairs at each end + at most very sparse ones in between).
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New World (Canada to Argentina)(3)(1)(2)(4)
Print References
Hoffman K.M., Hamilton S.W. (1988) First record of a mantispine larva (Neuroptera: Mantispidae) associated with an adult caddisfly (Trichoptera: Leptoceridae). Ent. News 99(3): 161-163. (Full text)
Works Cited
1.Family Mantispidae. In: Penny N.D., ed. A guide to the lacewings (Neuroptera) of Costa Rica
Kevin M. Hoffman. 2002. Proceedings of the California Academy of Sciences 53(12): 251-275.
2.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.
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.Systematics of the Mantispinae (Neuroptera: Mantispidae) of North, Central and South America
Kevin M. Hoffman. 1992. University Microfilms International.