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Size: Large (Wingspan 110mm)
This is one of South Africa’s most attractive antlions.
Larvae: Nothing is known about the larvae of this species.
This species was formerly known as Palpares karrooanus, but has since been transferred to the genus Crambomorphus.
Crambomorphus karrooanus Inhabits the open, arid shrublands of the Karoo. A species of the Nama-Karoo biome.
Adults are nocturnal and spend the day resting among tall grass. They are occasionally attracted to light.
Adults are on the wing from December to March.
Nothing is known about the larvae of this species.
Status and Distribution
This species is uncommon and is seldom encountered. C. karrooanus is restricted to the Northern and Western Cape provinces of South Africa. It is also found in southern Namibia and Botswana.
Order: Neuroptera Family: Myrmeleontidae Subfamily: Palparinae Tribe: Palparini Genus: Crambomorphus Species: karrooanus
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The use of photographs by Luke Kemp 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. Crambomorphus karrooanus. Biodiversity and Development Institute, Cape Town.
Available online at http://thebdi.org/2022/08/25/crambomorphus-karrooanus/