Mantid Flies-Mantispidae


Neuroptera of the family Mantispidae, the mantid flies, closely resemble mantids (order Orthoptera). Both insects have protruding eyes, short antennae, and similar large thick front legs used to hold their prey. The female mantid fly lays as many as 8,000 eggs, yet only a small number of her offspring survive. The larvae develop as parasites within the egg sacs of ground spiders -the odds that a particular mantid fly larva will find the necessary host are long indeed.


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