Cueta punctatissima

View the above photo record (by Alice Altenroxel) in LacewingMAP here.

Myrmeleontidae (Antlions)

Cueta punctatissima

(Gerstaecker, 1894)


Size: Small (Wingspan around 58mm)

Flesh-coloured antlions with dark brown patterning and stripes on the abdomen and thorax. The wings are clear with numerous, small dark brown speckles.

There are several other similar looking species in the genus. Cueta punctatissima is easily confused with C. trivirgata, but generally seems to have more spotting in the wings.

Larvae: All Cueta larvae are pinkish in colour, and are impossible to distinguish from one another.

Cueta punctatissima – Pinetown, KwaZulu-Natal
Photo by Garth Aiston
Cueta punctatissima Lubombo District, eSwatini
Photo by Kate Braun


Cueta punctatissima inhabits grassy savanna and woodland habitats.

Habitat – Ithala Game Reserve, KwaZulu-Natal
Photo by Ryan Tippett


Adults are nocturnal and they are regularly attracted to lights. They are active during Summer and have been recorded from December to April.

The pit-building larvae occur in hard soil in completely exposed situations.

Cueta punctatissima Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, Mpumalanga
Photo by H. Bernitz

Status and Distribution

Cueta punctatissima is fairly common and widespread in southern Africa, extending northwards into central Africa.

Distribution of Cueta punctatissima. Taken from the LacewingMAP database, November 2022.


Order: Neuroptera Family: Myrmeleontidae Subfamily: Myrmeleontinae Tribe: Nesoleontini Genus: Cueta Species: punctatissima

Cueta punctatissima – Mahlahla Game farm, Limpopo
Photo by Vaughan Jessnitz

Further Resources

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


The use of photographs by Alice Altenroxel, Garthb Aiston, H. Bernitz, Kate Braun 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. Cueta punctatissima. Biodiversity and Development Institute, Cape Town.
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