oa Journal of the Entomological Society of Southern Africa - The Life History and Cocoon Spinning Behaviour of a South African Mantispid (Neuroptera : Mantispidae)

Volume 30, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0013-8789



The life histories of South African mantispids have not been documented and reports on mantispid biology are generally scarce. As stated by Milliron (1940) it is evident that prior to 1934 most of the information on the biology of this family was based on the classical experiments of Brauer (1869) who worked on a European species Mantispa styriaca Poda. A more recent paper on mantispids by McKeown & Mincham (1948) is an account of the biology of the Australian species Mantispa vittata Guerin. The reports of Main (1931). Eltringham (1932), Kaston (1938) and Hungerford (1939) do not advance our knowledge of these animals significantly,

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