Trichoscelia varia (Walker, 1853)

Alvim, Breno Ganns Chaves, Machado, Renato Jose Pires & Krolow, Tiago Kütter, 2019, Mantidflies (Neuroptera, Mantispidae) from Tocantins state (Brazil): distribution and identification key, Check List 15 (2), pp. 275-285: 279

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Trichoscelia varia (Walker, 1853)


Trichoscelia varia (Walker, 1853)  

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Diagnosis. This species has the body mostly dark-brown with yellow marks, pronotum broader than long, forewing hyaline, second radial cell slightly curved at the distal area with 2 veins originating from it, foreleg with 1 pretarsal claw and forefemur without subbasal spine. Females with a long ovipositor.

Examined material. Brazil, Tocantins, Palmas, Fazenda Encantada , 10°15'0 2.6" S, 048°07'23.1" W, 9–10.xi.2012, Krolow, T.K. & Lima, H.I.L. leg. (5♂, 10♀ CEUFT) GoogleMaps   ; Brazil, Tocantins, Palmas, Vale do vai quem quer, 10°23'40.1" S, 048°07'55.8" W, 13–14.xi.2017, Krolow, T.K. & Equipe leg. (1♂ CEUFT) GoogleMaps   .

Distribution. Venezuela, Suriname, Argentina, Uruguay, and Brazil: Amazonas, Pará, Maranhão, Ceará, Rio Grande do Norte, Acre, Rondônia, Mato Grosso, Rio de Janeiro, São Paulo, Santa Catarina, and Rio Grande do Sul ( Machado and Martins 2018).

New records. Tocantins: Palmas municipality.

Comments. Only 2 females of T. varia were present in the CEUFT collection, which made it impossible to do a morphological comparison between both sexes. Collected specimens were pinned, but during the drying process the specimens became twisted, which reduced the quality of some photographs.