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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. Males have more elongate abdomens than females.
Cueta trivirgata is distinguished by its abdomen pattern and feint dark speckling in the wings as well as its genitalic features.
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 a range of habitats from arid Karoo shrublands to dry savanna and grasslands.
Adults are nocturnal and they are regularly attracted to lights. They are active throughout Summer and have been recorded from October 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 trivirgata is Common and widespread across most of southern Africa. In South Africa it has been recorded from all nine provinces.
Order: Neuroptera Family: Myrmeleontidae Subfamily: Myrmeleontinae Tribe: Nesoleontini Genus: Cueta Species: trivirgata
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The use of photographs by John Wilkinson, Sharon Stanton and Zenobia van Dyk 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 trivirgata. Biodiversity and Development Institute, Cape Town.
Available online at http://thebdi.org/2022/11/17/cueta-trivirgata/