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This is a …….. species hence the name “festivus”, meaning ………
Larvae: The larvae are unknown.
P. festivus inhabits savanna woodlands in hot, low-lying areas.
Palparellus festivus is sometimes attracted to lights. Adults are nocturnal and often rest in a hanging position amidst long grass.
Adults are active during the summer months and have been recorded from October to February.
Nothing is known about the larvae of this species.
Status and Distribution
Palparellus festivus is fairly common but is not often encountered. It is known mostly from Limpopo, Mpumalanga and northern KwaZulu-Natal, with one record from Gauteng..
Order: Neuroptera Family: Myrmeleontidae Subfamily: Palparinae Tribe: Palparini Genus: Palparellus Species: festivus
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The use of photographs byAshwell Glasson, Daniel Engelbrecht and Christopher Willis is acknowledged. This species text has benefited enormously from comments made by Mervyn Mansell on records he has identified in LacewingMAP. We acknowledge his important contribution.
Recommended citation format for this species text:
Tippett RM 2022. Palparellus festivus. Biodiversity and Development Institute, Cape Town.
Available online at http://thebdi.org/2022/09/15/palparellus-festivus/