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A very striking and attractive species.
Larvae: The larvae are unknown.
Palparellus nyassanus is a tropical savanna species. Adults inhabit long grass, usually among rocks and boulders.
Palparellus nyassanus is sometimes attracted to lights. Adults are nocturnal and often rest in a hanging position among tall grass.
Adults are active during early to mid-summer and are been recorded from August to January.
Nothing is known about the larvae of this species.
Status and Distribution
Palparellus nyassanus is known from Limpopo, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and North West provinces. It extends beyond South Africa into Botswana and northwards to Zimbabwe and Malawi. It is an uncommon species.
Order: Neuroptera Family: Myrmeleontidae Subfamily: Palparinae Tribe: Palparini Genus: Palparellus Species: nyassanus
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The use of photographs by Ingmar Van der Brugge, 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. Palparellus nyassanus. Biodiversity and Development Institute, Cape Town.
Available online at http://thebdi.org/2022/08/30/palparellus-nyassanus/