Image: Mantis fly

Mantis fly

Mantis fly

Photographer:
Stephen Hocking
Rights:
© Stephen Hocking
Location:
Clunes

Notes

This is a mantis fly (family Mantispidae) - they are a diverse and relatively common family of lacewings that have adults with the typical “raptorial” forelegs of mantids, but with the rest more like a typical lacewing. The larvae of some species are parasitic on spider egg sacs. They are often strongly attracted to light at night, but are rarely seen during the day.

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