iew the above photo record (by Alan Manson) in LacewingMAP here.
Size: Small (Wingspan around 35mm)
A beautiful antlion with rather variable wing markings.
Larvae are unknown.
Nesoleon boschimanus inhabits the open, arid shrublands of the Nama Karoo in flat or hilly terrain. It is also known from dry savanna woodlands of Mpumalanga and Limpopo
Not much is known about this species. Adults are nocturnal and they are regularly attracted to lights.
Adults are active during summer and have been recorded from October to March.
Larvae: Nothing is known about the larvae of this species.
Status and Distribution
Nesoleon boschimanus is fairly common and widespread in Southern Africa. In South Africa it is most numerous in the dry west. Its range extends into Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.
Order: Neuroptera Family: Myrmeleontidae Subfamily: Myrmeleontinae Tribe: Nesoleontini Genus: Nesoleon Species: boschimanus
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The use of photographs by 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. Nesoleon boschimanus. Biodiversity and Development Institute, Cape Town.
Available online at http://thebdi.org/2022/11/24/nesoleon-boschimanus/