Leptomantispa Hoffman, 2002

Ardila-Camacho, Adrian, Calle-Tobón, Arley, Wolff, Marta & Stange, Lionel A., 2018, New species and new distributional records of Neotropical Mantispidae (Insecta: Neuroptera), Zootaxa 4413 (2), pp. 295-324: 315

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Leptomantispa Hoffman, 2002


Genus Leptomantispa Hoffman, 2002  

Type species: Mantispilla pulchella Banks, 1912: 179   .

The genus Leptomantispa   is scarcely collected and very uncommon in museums. Species of this genus are apparently arboreal, and are likely difficult to collect. Perhaps the best way to collect specimens is by light traps. Until now the genus is composed of nine valid species occurring from southwestern Canada to northern Argentina, including the Antilles ( Ohl 2004; Machado & Rafael 2010; Ardila-Camacho & García 2015; Hoffman et al. 2017). From Colombia only one species has been reported, L. hoffmani Ardila-Camacho   from the department of Risaralda. The genus can be distinguished because the presence of numerous fine setae on the entire dorsal surface of the pronotum, arising flush with the pronotal surface; body color pattern consisting in mixtures of yellow and brown; male abdominal tergites 4 and 5 and sometimes 3, bearing pores; male ectoproct with ventromedial lobe not sclerotized; gonarcal membrane without scales. Female spermatheca widening distally ( Hoffman 2002; Machado & Rafael 2010). Here we reported the second species from Colombia, L. axillaris (Navás)   , collected in the departments of Antioquia and Sucre in the norther part of the country.