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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: baby mantis?

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Toledo, OH
(Zone 5b)

May 5, 2006
2:59 AM

Post #2249993

I found a bug, wish I had a got a pic...small, dark brown/black (would fit on a penny..barely) that I swore was a baby preying mantis..but it had wings and could fly..which makes me second guess this, as I didn't think the nymphs could fly. I have an egg case from what I was fairly sure was a preying mantis, so the mantis theory fits, save the wings- any ideas?
San Antonio, TX
(Zone 8b)

May 5, 2006
4:18 AM

Post #2250178

I too have thought that nymphs had undeveloped wings so I have surmised that they could not fly. I don't have any ideas now after doing a brief search. I have to down my computer due to a severe thunderstorm that is almost here. I'll check back later.
Churchill, Victoria
(Zone 10a)

May 5, 2006
6:11 AM

Post #2250350

There are some lacewings that look like Mantis but are actually quite unrelated. These are the Mantid Flies and form the family Mantispidae in the lacewing order, the Neuroptera. Attached is a picture of a species I photographed here in Australia, a Ditaxis sp..
And here is a page of pictures from BugGuide, which includes some brown species;

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Jackson, SC
(Zone 8a)

May 5, 2006
11:20 AM

Post #2250529

thats what i am thinking to lacewings. mantis babies come out looking like full grown manti. i have seen them hatch out the egg. if you see one baby usually you see a hundred or so.

never seen any wings on mine.
Toledo, OH
(Zone 5b)

May 5, 2006
12:05 PM

Post #2250612

I think thats it! thanks guys!

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