Wednesday, May 11, 2016

My first mantidfly

Take a look at one unusual insect–-a mantidfly! Cool, eh? It's a first for me in our Wildscape. This one is a Dicromantispa interrupta. I happened to be squatting down to get a better look at a newly planted Texas milkweed. When I tried to brush off what I thought were dried oak flowers, it flew away! I watched where the critter landed in some ball moss, then walked over to get a better look. A mantidfly! Time to get the camera! Part "fly," part praying mantis.

1 comment:

Shirley/Rock-Oak-Deer said...

That's an amazing insect and very cool that it stuck around for the camera. Now that I know it exists I'll keep a lookout for one.

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