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Size: Medium sized (Wingspan around 90mm)
It is characterized by the rufous colouration on the head and thorax. The adults are hairy and have dark abdomens with yellow bands above.
Larvae: The large, dark coloured larvae have relatively short jaws with three mandibular teeth. They resemble the larvae of other Centroclisis species.
Centroclisis maligna inhabits arid regions. It is found in both the Summer and Winter rainfall parts of the Karoo.
It normally rests well camouflaged on bark, and is readily attracted to lights. Adults are recorded from October to May but most records are from late Summer (January to April).
The robust larvae live freely in sand and do not construct pitfall traps
Status and Distribution
Centroclisis maligna is fairly common and widespread throughout the drier western parts of southern Africa. It is also found in Namibia and Botswana.
Order: Neuroptera Family: Myrmeleontidae Genus: Centroclisis Species: maligna
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The use of photographs by Len De Beer 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. Centroclisis maligna. Biodiversity and Development Institute, Cape Town.
Available online at http://thebdi.org/2022/10/12/centroclisis-maligna/