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Size: Small (Wingspan around 58mm)
Most Cueta species are flesh-coloured antlions with dark brown patterning and stripes on the abdomen and thorax. The wings are clear with numerous, small dark brown speckles or dark veins.
Cueta infima is very similar to other species of the genus, but may be distinguished by more heavily marked wing veins, genitalic features and abdominal pattern.
There are several other similar looking species in the genus.
Larvae: The larvae are pinkish and largely indistinguishable from those of other Cueta species.
Inhabits Nama-Karoo and thicket habitats, mainly in the Summer rainfall zone.
Adults are nocturnal and they are regularly attracted to lights. They are active during Summer and have been recorded from November to April.
The larvae are typical pit-builders and often construct pits in completely exposed situations, and are able to tolerate fairly high temperatures.
Status and Distribution
Cueta infima is common but has a fairly limited distribution. Its range is mainly centred on the Eastern Cape but also occurs in neighbouring parts of the Western Cape and the south-eastern parts of the Northern Cape.
Order: Neuroptera Family: Myrmeleontidae Subfamily: Myrmeleontinae Tribe: Nesoleontini Genus: Cueta Species: infima
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The use of photographs by Alan Manson, Craig Peter and J.A. Harrison 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. Cueta infima. Biodiversity and Development Institute, Cape Town.
Available online at http://thebdi.org/2022/11/15/cueta-infima/