Wasp Mantidfly

Live in Redding, CA found this unusual looking bug floating in the pool. What in the wide world of bugs is it! Looks like a wasp/praying mantis? Thanks for all the help
Suzanne

Hi Suzanne,
This is a Wasp Mantidfly, Climaciella brunnea. It is a Neuropteran, and though it resembles both, it is not closely related to either a mantis or a wasp.

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