Palparellus nyassanus

View the above photo record (by Ingmar Van der Brugge) in LacewingMAP here.

Palparellus nyassanus

(Navás, 1911)


Size: Medium-Large

A very striking and attractive species.

Larvae: The larvae are unknown.

Palparellus nyassanus – Dinokeng, Gauteng
Photo by Marita Beneke
Palparellus nyassanus Boshoek, Gauteng
Photo by Ingmar Van der Brugge


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.

Palparellus nyassanus – Near Tshipise, Limpopo
Photo by John Wilkinson

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.

Distribution of Palparellus nyassanus. Taken from the LacewingMAP database, July 2022.


Order: Neuroptera Family: Myrmeleontidae Subfamily: Palparinae Tribe: Palparini Genus: Palparellus Species: nyassanus

Palparellus nyassanus Venetia Nature Reserve, Limpopo
Photo by Vaughan Jessnitz

Further Resources

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


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.
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Palparellus nyassanus Near Tshipise, Limpopo
Photo by John Wilkinson
Ryan Tippett
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