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Species Leptomantispa pulchella

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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 Leptomantispa
Species pulchella (Leptomantispa pulchella)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Leptomantispa pulchella (Banks 1912)
Explanation of Names
Latin pulchella 'beautiful'
Small, yellowish, with brown and black pattern.
numerous fine setae visible in lateral view on the dorsal surface of the pronotum
pterostigma forming an angle of >40° with the end of the RA
body with yellow and brown tones
NB: can be easily confused with paler specimens of Dicromantispa sayi
Pronotum smooth (no appreciable transverse ridges), with short setae distributed uniformly throughout its entire length(1):
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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(1) and very inconspicuous setae (small patches of very short, fine hairs at each end + at most very sparse ones in between).
Canada (sw. ON, so. BC(1)) to Costa Rica(2).
Detailed list of US states from (2):
    AL, AZ, CA, CO, FL, GA, KY, IL, IN, IA, LA, MS, MO, NV, NY, NC, OH, OR, SC, TX, UT, WA.
Hosts are spiders commonly found on foliage (Anaphaenidae, Salticidae, Clubioidae, etc.) who also build silken retreats on leaves and under bark(1)
Life Cycle
First-instar larvae board spiders to gain access to freshly laid eggs; they will not feed on eggs unless they have spent some time on the dorsum of the spider pedicel, where they apparently feed on the host's haemolymph(1)
Works Cited
1.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.
2.Mantispidae (Neuroptera) of Mexico: distribution and key to genera
Reynoso-Velasco D., Contreras-Ramos A. 2008. Ann. Ent. Soc. Am. 101: 703-712.