Wasp Mantidfly


Is it a mantid, a wasp, or a fly? Answer: none of the above. This is a Wasp Mantidfly (Climaciella brunnea), which is more closely related to a green lacewing than any of its namesakes. Although this picture is featured on Iowa Voices, it was taken in Illinois. Link -Thanks, Matt!

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Found the Wasp type ( almost total yellow body) crawling up my leg today in Park City, Utah. I didn't know they were around here. Amazing looking Insect.
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Bah!

I ran into a couple of these while hiking around in mid-Missouri today. Almost got some good photos, but failed.

Now that I know of 'em, I'll put more effort into photographic said funky wasps tomorrow (last day in the midwest).
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