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Wasp Mantidfly (Climaciella brunnea)

Order: Neuroptera (noor-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Mantispidae
Genus: Climaciella
Species: brunnea (broo-NEH-ah) (Info)


1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Mchenry, Illinois
Brunswick, Maine
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Sandown, New Hampshire

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Member Notes:

Positive Malus2006 On Jan 23, 2008, Malus2006 from Coon Rapids, MN
(Zone 4a) wrote:

Saw it once last year 2007 trapped between the screen door. Finally released it. Uncommon to rare in the Twin Cities. Very obvious - look like the head and arms of a mantis fused onto the abdomen and wings of a fly. Small in size, about 1/2 inches or less. The book, Audubon Society Field Guide To North American Insects & Spiders second printing said the common name is Brown Mantidfly.

Neutral beallen On Jun 18, 2011, beallen from Ottawa
Canada wrote:

Found this bug on our patio in Ottawa, Canada in June, 2011. Was very sluggish. I'd never seen one before.

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