Plega sp. - Brown Mantidfly
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

Portrait of a mantisfly.  Notice the enlarged raptorial forelegs.  Although these insects appear similar to preying mantids, they are actually close relatives of lacewings and antlions.

USA AZ Cochise Co.: Southwestern Research Station, 7 km WSW Portal.
1600m  31º53´N 109º12´W  8.viii.2005 
Open Oak-Juniper Woodland.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.