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Size: Small-Medium sized (Wingspan around 56mm)
Delicate and beautiful antlions with very long, slender legs. The wings are iridescent with intricate black/brown markings. The hind wings end in elegant pointed tips.
Larvae: The larvae of Cymothales exilis are unknown.
Cymothales exilis inhabits hot, humid woodlands in the tropics and subtropics.
Like others in the genus Cymothales exilis likely rests among grass or other vegetation where it is well camouflaged. Adults are readily attracted to lights and are recorded from October to May.
The life history of the larval stage is unknown, but other species of Cymothales live in detritus in tree holes or on rock ledges. This species probably does the same.
Status and Distribution
Cymothales exilis is fairly widespread in southern, central and eastern Africa, but is very rare. It is known from South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, Kenya and Malawi.
Order: Neuroptera Family: Myrmeleontidae Subfamily: Dendroleontinae Tribe: Dendroleontini Genus: Cymothales Species: exilis
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The use of photographs by Bart Wursten 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. Cymothales exilis. Biodiversity and Development Institute, Cape Town.
Available online at http://thebdi.org/2022/11/07/cymothales-exilis/