* This is a Kalahari endemic, which is currently being described. (Per ADU Virtual Museum Lacewing Project)
The Family Myrmeleontidae is the largest lacewing family, comprising medium to very large (wingspan 26-160 mm) insects that superficially resemble dragonflies, but have short antennae usually ending in a club. Characteristic lazy, flapping flight. Most are attracted to lights in summer and autumn. Almost half the region's 125 species occur in arid western areas.
Very large (wingspan 122 mm), body and legs grey, abdomen orange-red. Hind margin of wing very scalloped, ending in a hooked tip. Fore wings largely grey, with complex black and white markings; hind wings heavily marked in black. Larvae largely black with reddish head.Biology
The large black larvae live freely in sand dunes in the Kalahari ecosystem and come to the surface at night to feed. Habitat
Very arid regions with scant vegetationPredators
Predators of lacewings include birds, bats, reptiles, and larger insects.
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Kalahari Tented Camp
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Grootkolk
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