Subject: strage bug
Location: livingston county, michigan
October 8, 2012 4:39 pm
I found this lil guy/girl on my back door getting some sun. I have never seen any bug like it. It is about a 1/2 inch long. Please help ID it.
This unusual insect is frequently confused with a Preying Mantis, which it superficially resembles, but your Mantispid or Mantidfly is a member of an unrelated insect order, the Neuropterans, which includes Lacewings and Antlions. As their raptorial front legs would indicate, the Mantisfly is a predator that grasps its prey in a similar manner as the Preying Mantis. We believe the species is Dicromantispa sayi based on photos posted to BugGuide.