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Size: Small to medium (Wingspan around 60mm)
Creoleon africanus has clear and mostly unmarked wings. The thorax and head are greyish with variable yellowish markings especially around the base of the wings. The legs too are yellowish-brown. The abdomen colour ranges from pale to dark grey, sometimes with a hint of brown.
Larvae: Larvae are unknown
Creoleon africanus occupies a wide range of habitats from forest and savanna to fynbos and arid Karoo scrub.
Adults are nocturnal and they are regularly attracted to lights. As with other Creoleon species it rests with the wings wrapped around its body.
Adults are on the wing from September to May.
Larvae are unknown, but probably live freely in sand.
Status and Distribution
Creoleon africanus is widespread across Southern Africa. It is common in both the arid west and the moister east of the sub-region.
Order: Neuroptera Family: Myrmeleontidae Subfamily: Nemoleontinae Tribe: Nemoleontini Genus: Creoleon Species: africanus
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The use of photographs by Johan Heyns, Joubert Heymans 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. Creoleon mortifer. Biodiversity and Development Institute, Cape Town.
Available online at http://thebdi.org/2022/12/10/creoleon-africanus/