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. !
…A species of split-eyed owlfly that occurs in France, Germany, Italy, The Czech Republic, Spain and Switzerland. They typically inhabit areas with high grass and are most active from April through July. Owly sulfurs are active during the day and are predators of other flying insects. Like other neuropterans L.coccajus larvae are predators as well and will ambush other insects on the ground.
Thrilled to announce that after about a year of hard work, my antlion emerged as an adult last night! This is my all-time favorite bug, and I’ve only ever seen the adult version two other times, so I feel tremendously lucky. Such an incredibly beautiful insect.
This robber fly plucked its owlfly victim (probably spooked by my passing) out of the air in front of me and they tumbled to ground together where the fly tightly hugs its prey until its toxic saliva takes effect.