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The Mantispidae (Insecta: Neuroptera) of Canada, with notes on morphology, ecology, and distribution1

  • Robert A. Cannings (a1) and Sydney G. Cannings (a2)

Morphological, biological, and distributional data are presented for the four Canadian species of Mantispidae. A key for the identification of these species is provided. Climaciella brunnea (Say) is the most frequently collected Canadian species, occurring in southern British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and Quebec. Dicromantispa interrupta (Say) comb. nov. is given as a new combination for Mantispa interrupta Say; it is recorded in southern Ontario and Quebec. Dicromantispa sayi (Banks) occurs only in extreme southwestern Ontario. Leptomantispa pulchella (Banks) inhabits the dry Okanagan Valley of British Columbia; it is also known from Ojibway Prairie, Windsor, Ontario. The presence of the latter two species in Canada is published for the first time.

Nous présentons des données sur la morphologie, la biologie et la répartition des quatre espèces canadiennes de Mantispidae, ainsi qu'une clef pour leur identification. Climaciella brunnea (Say) est l'espèce canadienne la plus fréquemment récoltée et elle se retrouve dans le sud de la Colombie-Britannique, de l'Alberta, du Manitoba, de l'Ontario et du Québec. Dicromantispa interrupta (Say) comb. nov. est une nouvelle combinaison pour désigner Mantispa interrupta Say; l'espèce habite le sud du Québec et de l'Ontario. Dicromantispa sayi (Banks) se rencontre seulement dans l'extrême sud-ouest de l'Ontario. Leptomantispa pulchella (Banks) se retrouve dans la vallée sèche de l'Okanagan en Colombie-Britannique; elle a été récoltée aussi à Ojibway Prairie, Windsor, Ontario. La présence de ces deux dernières espèces au Canada est signalée pour la première fois.

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This paper is part of a special issue honouring Geoffrey G.E. Scudder for his significant contributions to entomology in Canada.

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