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Size: Small (Wingspan around 58mm)
Flesh-coloured antlions with dark brown patterning and stripes on the abdomen and thorax. The wings are clear with numerous, small dark brown speckles.
There are several other similar looking species in the genus. Cueta punctatissima is easily confused with C. trivirgata, but generally seems to have more spotting in the wings.
Larvae: All Cueta larvae are pinkish in colour, and are impossible to distinguish from one another.
Cueta punctatissima inhabits grassy savanna and woodland habitats.
Adults are nocturnal and they are regularly attracted to lights. They are active during Summer and have been recorded from December to April.
The pit-building larvae occur in hard soil in completely exposed situations.
Status and Distribution
Cueta punctatissima is fairly common and widespread in southern Africa, extending northwards into central Africa.
Order: Neuroptera Family: Myrmeleontidae Subfamily: Myrmeleontinae Tribe: Nesoleontini Genus: Cueta Species: punctatissima
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The use of photographs by Alice Altenroxel, Garthb Aiston, H. Bernitz, Kate Braun and Vaughan Jessnitz 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. Cueta punctatissima. Biodiversity and Development Institute, Cape Town.
Available online at http://thebdi.org/2022/11/18/cueta-punctatissima/