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Size: Very Large
Palpares cataractae is a very large and robust antlion.
Originally described from Victoria Falls – hence the name cataractae.
Larvae: The larvae of this species are unknown.
Palpares cataractae is a species of hot savanna regions in the north of South Africa.
Palpares cataractae is occasionally attracted to light.
Nothing is known about the larvae of this species.
Adults are recorded during the early summer months and are on the wing from September to January.
Status and Distribution
Palpares cataractae is uncommon in South Africa where it occurrs to the north of the country in the Limpopo province. Ranges further north into Botswana, Malawi, Namibia, Zambia, Mozambique and Zimbabwe.
Order: Neuroptera Family: Myrmeleontidae Subfamily: Palparinae Tribe: Palparini Genus: Palpares Species: cataractae
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The use of photographs by Gert Myburgh, John Wilkinson and Ross Hawkins 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 cataractae. Biodiversity and Development Institute, Cape Town.
Available online at http://thebdi.org/2022/08/24/palpares-cataractae/