Mantidfly--Zeugomantispa minuta--detail of eyes
Habitat:worldwide, especially in the tropics and subtropics. Only 5 species of Mantispa occur in Europe
 Status: No Conservation Concerns

I couldn’t help but think of Ellie Goulding’s son “Starry Eyed” when I first saw photos of these Mantidflies (Mantispa sp.) Just look at those kaleidoscope eyes!

There are over 400 species of these net-winged insects worldwide, and while they do bear a striking resemblance to Praying Manti, they are actually more closely related to lacewings.

I don’t know about that… it looks to me like there’s a bit of mantis DNA nestled in there somewheres. Maybe the milkman paid a visit to a lovely lady mantis somewhere in their genetic history… if you know what I’m sayin’….