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Size: Small to medium (Wingspan around 60mm)
Creoleon mortifer is a highly variable species, often with black and/or brown streaks in the wings that have led to numerous synonyms. The overall body colour is grey.
Larvae: Not much is known about the larvae of this species.
Creoleon mortifer occupies a wide range of habitats from forest and savanna to fynbos and arid Karoo scrub.
Adults are nocturnal and they are regularly attracted to lights. Rests with wings wrapped around the body.
Adults are active during summer and have been recorded from September to May.
The larvae live freely in the sand but little else is known about them.
Status and Distribution
Creoleon mortifer is widespread across Southern Africa. It is common in both the arid west and the moister east of the sub-region.
Order: Neuroptera Family: Myrmeleontidae Subfamily: Nemoleontinae Tribe: Nemoleontini Genus: Creoleon Species: mortifer
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The use of photographs by Aletta Liebenberg, Rick Nuttall and Zenobia van Dyk 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. Creoleon mortifer. Biodiversity and Development Institute, Cape Town.
Available online at http://thebdi.org/2022/11/29/creoleon-mortifer/