2012 Critters at Bluebird Cove - Donna L. Watkins - The Nature In Us

2012 Critters at Bluebird Cove

Green Mantidfly (Zeugomantispa minuta) Laying Eggs
Looks like a cross between a green lacewing and a praying mantid. They live throughout much of eastern United States and are found in a variety of habitats from late June through early October. They are considered beneficial since the larvae eats spider eggs and the adults capture and eat all kinds of small insects in captivity, but little is known of their food preferences in the wild. We love our spiders since they are bug-eaters, so not too crazy about that.