Mantidfly takes a quick bath. Despite the name, mantidflies are neither mantids nor flies–they are in the order Neuroptera and are closely related to green lacewings.

This was the second one I’ve seen (I love them!) and I can’t get over how small they are. Less than an inch long. Also: add mantidflies to the list of bugs that will fly at your face when you wear a headlamp at night. !

April 28, 2017


Mantidfly, Mantispidae, Neuroptera by Andreas Kay
Via Flickr:
from Ecuador:

Fakemon! I did my favorite prompts first, and bug is probably my favorite type so they’re all bugs. Also, this time I named them (quickly and sloppily).

Pummelpede - suggested by @scrapprincess , it’s a fighting bug type based on a millipede. Fast and physical based, probably really low spDef. I wanted it to look like a boxer with his robe and hood up, and a champion belt. 

Velvurm - suggested by @thebigdeepcheatsy , it’s a bug fairy type based on a velvet worm. Like other fairies it’s probably more based on status effects and setting up tricks and traps. I’ve already done another velvet worm fakemon that’s pink and could have easily fit the prompt, so I wanted to do something a bit less literal and a lot cuter.

Mantidra - suggested by @toby-the-destroyer , a bug dragon type based on a mantidfly. Probably pretty slow for a dragon with that odd looking body and those pitiful wings, but obviously a good physical fighter and maybe more than a little bulky. It’s a pretty straight forward design.

Unfortunately I got a bunch of work dumped on me so I’ll have to get around to the other requests later.

Scyther’s been my favourite Pokémon for a long time.  I used to be able to draw it from memory when I was like 13, but now I have to learn & practise all over again.

And now I’m going to tell you why it’s my favourite:

1) it has knives for hands
2) it’s green
3) it’s a perfect example of what’s great about Pokémon and why I like them

Because here’s the thing.  Imagine playing Pokémon for the first time way back in gen I.  Bug-types like Weedle or Caterpie are among the first wild Pokémon you ever encounter.  They’re abundant, easy to catch and grow quickly, so you’re very likely to have one on your team and it’s probably going to be the first one you evolve (unless you overlevel your starter a lot).  The game is teaching the concept of “evolution” to you this way, because it’s a safe bet that nearly everyone has learned early on about how insect larvae pupate (become cocoons) and metamorphose (drastically change into moths/butterflies).  So to understand Pokémon evolving, just imagine the bug life cycle, but it happens suddenly and to everything.  Which is cool!  And the Weedle/Caterpie lines are cool too.  They’re pretty recognisable as the first kind of thing you think of when you think “bugs”.

Enter Scyther, also a Bug-type.  But much harder to find and catch since it only appears later in the Safari Zone, and much more exotic in appearance too.  It’s described as a “mantis”, although it appears to be based more on a mantidfly (not the same thing).  Either way, not unheard-of, but not the first thing most people would think of when they think “bugs”.  And its design takes the insect as inspiration and runs with it.  What’s the most iconic feature of a mantis?  The claw-like forelegs.  Let’s translate that into KNIVES FOR HANDS.  We’re not just drawing a cartoon insect here, we’re designing a 5-foot-tall magical monster built for fighting.  Now it’s dual-wielding swords, so let’s make its exoskeleton look like protective armour.  And so on until you end up with this dinosaur-headed winged ninja-knight badass which is still recognisable as a bug (three distinct body segments!)  Because a bug monster doesn’t just have to be a creepy-crawly that poisons you.

tl;dr Pokémon can be familiar or fantastical and there’s something very satisfying about strong monster design, like Scyther.  Also it has knives for hands.


“Mantidfly molting its skin (#166)” by nature1upclose on Youtube


8/4/16                         Glenurus gratus

A first for me!

Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Neuroptera (Antlions, Owlflies, Lacewings, Mantidflies and Allies)
Suborder Myrmeleontiformia (Antlions and Owlflies)
Family Myrmeleontidae (Antlions)
Tribe Nemoleontini
Genus Glenurus
Species gratus (Glenurus gratus)

Synonyms and other taxonomic changes

Glenurus gratus (Say 1839)

Explanation of Names

Latin gratus ‘pleasing, agreeable/grateful’(1)


body ca. 36 mm; length to wingtips 52 mm, wingspan 94 mm (Hagen 1861)


Very large, wings mottled in brown-and-pink towards the distal ends (pattern distinctive)



se. US (NJ-IN to MO-FL)(2)


Larvae found in tree holes among sawdust and in burrows of Gopher Tortoise, Gopherus polyphemus(3)(4)(5) (a threatened species)


Tyler Durden, the Mantidfly wasp mimic.


No es una mantis, no es una avispa. ES UNA MEZCLA

Ah, pero es una mosca, y no hace nada. No obstante veo esa cosa volando alrededor mío y me pongo a correr como una locaza.

No homo.