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May 5, 2013 11:11 AM

Tiny mantis

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This tiny insect, which seems to be a mantis, was photographed in the southern Auvergn, France, in August. Could you identify for me please.

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    May 5, 2013 12:13 PM (in response to tyrcriafol)
    Re: Tiny mantis

    This is actually not a mantis, but a magnific example of evolutive convergence. This insect is related with lacewings and ant-lions, so it's an holometabolous or "modern" insect like butterflies, flies, wasps and beetles, while mantids are hemimetabolous, more primitive, related with bugs, cicadas, grasshoppers and dragonflies.

     

    It's called a mantidfly. They're insects belonging to the family Mantispidae. The species is Mantispa styriaca. It's the most common species of mantidfly found in Europe, and I guess that the only in France. In Spain whe have two more species, very similar, but much rarer.

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