Mesmerizing Mantispid

January 23rd, 2012 - 7:43 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | No comments

Don’t stare at the eyes too long; you might fall under its spell.

January 7, 2012 | Tupaciguara, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Mantispid

November 15th, 2011 - 6:31 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | No comments
Mantispid

12mm body | July 6, 2011 | Victorio Siqueroli Park, Uberlandia, Minas Gerais, Brazil

I spotted this small mantidfly hanging out on the underside of this leaf. I’m always excited to find one of these.

Mantidfly

April 18th, 2011 - 5:07 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | No comments

15mm | January 19, 2011 | Armonia Nature Preserve, Limon Province, Costa Rica

I was thrilled to find this mantidfly (family Mantispidae) on the underside of a large leaf. I’ve seen plenty of these attracted to lights at night, but I rarely encounter one in a natural setting.