Palpares lentus

View the above photo record (by Douglas Cook) in LacewingMAP here.

Palpares lentus

Navás, 1912


Size: Large (Wingspan around 100mm)

It strongly resembles Palpares inclemens, (a strictly coastal species), but is smaller.

Larvae: The larvae of this species are unknown.

Palpares lentus – Swebe-Swebe, Limpopo
Photo by Joseph Heymans
Palpares lentus – Nylsvlei Nature Reserve, Limpopo
Photo by Christopher Willis


This species inhabits savanna woodlands in the northern parts of South Africa.


P. lentus is readily attracted to light.

Nothing is known about the larvae of this species.

Adults are active early during the early summer months and are on the wing from October to February. Most records come from November. This is in contrast to other Palpares species who mostly emerge during mid to late summer.

Palpares lentus Makalali Game Reserve, Limpopo
Photo by Vaughan Jessnitz

Status and Distribution

Palpares lentus appears to be largely confined to northern and north-western South Africa, with a few records from Botswana and Zimbabwe.

Distribution of Palpares lentus. Taken from the LacewingMAP database, July 2022.


Order: Neuroptera Family: Myrmeleontidae Subfamily: Palparinae Tribe: Palparini Genus: Palpares Species: lentus

Palpares lentus – Near Vaalwater, Limpopo
Photo by Marita Beneke

Further Resources

Virtual Museum (LacewingMAP > Search VM > By Scientific or Common Name)


The use of photographs by Alice Altenroxel, Cornelia Rautenbach, John Wilkinson, Joseph Heymans, Marita Beneke 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. Palpares lentus. Biodiversity and Development Institute, Cape Town.
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Palpares lentus – Swebe-Swebe, Limpopo
Photo by Joseph Heymans
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