Palpares aemulus

View the above photo record (by Alan Manson) in LacewingMAP here.

Palpares aemulus

Péringuey, 1911


Size: Large (Wingspan information unknown)

A striking yellow and black antlion. Palpares aemulus is rather similar to Palpares sobrinus. They can be distinguished from other Palpares by the dense, evenly spaced black speckling on all four wings.

Larvae: The larvae of this species are unknown.

Palpares aemulus – Near Ingwavuma, KwaZulu-Natal
Photo by Alan Manson


Palpares aemulus is a savanna species. The one LacewingMAP record of this species came from tall grass along the Ngwavuma River floodplain.


P. aemulus is likely to be attracted to light.

Nothing is known about the larvae of this species.

The only LacewingMAP record of this species is from March.

Palpares aemulus Near Ingwavuma, KwaZulu-Natal
Photo by Alan Manson

Status and Distribution

Palpares aemulus is rare and has only been recorded from northern KwaZulu-Natal.

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


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

Further Resources

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


The use of photographs by Alan Manson 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 aemulus. Biodiversity and Development Institute, Cape Town.
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