Subject: Small mantis
Location: Saudi Arabia_ Madinah
April 27, 2014 3:30 am
I’ve found this tiny little guy hanging under a light, it was approximately less than centimeter long and was sitting high on the wall so I couldn’t get any better photos.
Although it seems like a mantis, it looks somewhat a bit strange.
Though it resembles a Mantis, this Mantispid or Mantisfly is from the order Neuroptera, which includes Lacewings and Antlions, and it isn’t even closely related to a Mantis. Like a true Mantis, the Mantisfly uses its raptorial front legs to capture prey, which includes small insects.