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Mantispid 20060619

Had never seen an insect like this before

Looked like a cross between a wasp and a miniature praying mantis.
Photographed in Ottawa, Ontario Canada.

And another view of it...

Canon EOS 20D ,Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM
with Canon 500D Closeup Lens

1/100s f/9.0 at 300.0mm iso400 full exif

other sizes: small medium original auto
Guest 21-Apr-2008 12:44
Great capture of a very interesting fly!
Mark Niessner08-Nov-2006 02:31
Great shot of a strange bug.
Gayle P. Clement17-Sep-2006 14:02
Guest 13-Sep-2006 13:30
That is one ugly insect but one wonderful capture.
well done... ian
cat bounds13-Sep-2006 01:45
If this thing is for real, it's the scariest insect I've ever seen in my life.
akleja20-Jun-2006 07:14
Amazing! Great shot!
Gordon W20-Jun-2006 06:29
Thanks much for the identification and info, Bob B. Very interesting.
Arno Meintjes Wildlife20-Jun-2006 06:04
Yi Feng20-Jun-2006 01:55
Beautiful macro shot. Very funny looking.
Bob B.20-Jun-2006 01:39
This is a mantispid (Family Mantispidae. You don't see these often, let alone get a picture! They are predaceous. This one is, as you can see, a wasp mimic. This is likely the Wasp Mantidfly, Climaciella brunnea. It occurs in eastern N.A in about June - July. This family is in the larger group (Order) of insects called the Neuroptera. In this group are green lacewings, ant lions, dobson flies, and others. Again, nice shot!
Guest 20-Jun-2006 01:32
very cool. If you find out what it is, please let me know.
Blair Howell20-Jun-2006 00:54
WOW.....The stuff of nightmares.....Nice shot though!