Mantid Fly (Zeugomantispa minuta)

Order: Neuroptera (noor-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Mantispidae
Genus: Zeugomantispa
Species: minuta (min-YOO-ta) (Info)

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Vincent, Alabama
Grandview, Missouri

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On Jul 15, 2015, BHartmann from Grandview, MO wrote:

I captured a Mantid Fly (Zeugomantispa minuta) in Grandview, MO and have been keeping it for several days now! Strangely enough I am having a hard time finding reference to anyone finding one if Missouri before. I'm not sure if it is of interest to anyone but I wanted to put it out there just in case.

I will try to get some photos. Here are some facts for anyone interested. I feed it tiny flying bugs that I catch off my porch light at night. I wet a cotton ball so it has water and keep it in a praying mantis pagoda I purchased years ago. Every year or so my daughter and I find a caterpillar, keep it until it transforms then let it go. Sometimes we find a baby praying mantis and at first thought this might be one however baby praying mantis do not have long transparent wings.... read more