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van der Weele, 1907
Size: Small-Medium sized (Wingspan around 56mm)
One of Africa’s most exquisite and delicate antlions.
All members of the genus are beautiful antlions with very long, slender legs. The wings are iridescent with intricate brown and black markings. The hind wings end in elegant pointed tips.
Cymothales bouvieri inhabits humid, tropical and subtropical savanna regions.
The delicate patterned wings provide camouflage while resting among dry twigs and branches. Adults are sometimes attracted to lights and are active from October to May.
Larvae live in detritus in tree holes, and are often found in small cavities in baobab trees.
Status and Distribution
Cymothales bouvieri is widely distributed from northern South Africa, to Kenya and across to Madagascar. In South Africa it is recorded from the Limpopo, Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal Provinces. This is an uncommon species.
Order: Neuroptera Family: Myrmeleontidae Subfamily: Dendroleontinae Tribe: Dendroleontini Genus: Cymothales Species: bouvieri
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The use of photographs by Gary Brown and Toy Bodbijl 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. Cymothales bouvieri. Biodiversity and Development Institute, Cape Town.
Available online at http://thebdi.org/2022/10/28/cymothales-bouvieri/