Document Type

Article

Journal/Book Title/Conference

Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society

Volume

45

Issue

3

Publication Date

7-1-1972

First Page

334

Last Page

340

Abstract

This usually rare mantispid was locally abundant during 1968 on thistles in Cache Valley, Utah, where it may mimic Polistes fuscatus utahensis. It ate various insects, thistle sap, and honey. Females lived as long as 43 days and laid up to 3,334 eggs. Courtship by the males includes an elaborate visual display and the production of a distinct odor. The agile larvae preferred Bombus morrisoni to other insects and spiders tested. Courtship, mating, oviposition and larval behavior are described.

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