mantispid
mantispid man*tis"pid, n. (Zo["o]l.) Any neuropterous insect of the genus {Mantispa}, and allied genera. The larv[ae] feed on plant lice. Also used adjectively. See Illust. under {Neuroptera}. [1913 Webster]

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  • mantispid — /man tis pid/, n. any neuropterous, mantislike insect of the family Mantispidae, the larvae of which are parasites in the nests of spiders or wasps. [ < NL Mantispidae family of insects, equiv. to Mantisp(a) genus name (appar. erroneously for… …   Universalium

  • mantispid — noun A family of net winged insects, the family . Syn: mantidfly, mantis fly …   Wiktionary

  • mantispid — man·tis·pid …   English syllables

  • mantispid — noun insect that resembles a mantis; larvae are parasites in the nests of spiders and wasps • Hypernyms: ↑neuropteron, ↑neuropteran, ↑neuropterous insect • Member Holonyms: ↑Mantispidae, ↑family Mantispidae * * * I …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mantispidae — Mantidflies Temporal range: Early Jurassic – Recent 180–0 Ma …   Wikipedia

  • neuropteran — /noo rop teuhr euhn, nyoo /, adj. 1. neuropterous. n. 2. Also, neuropteron. a neuropterous insect. [1835 45; < NL Neuropter(a), neut. pl. of neuropterus (see NEUROPTEROUS) + AN] * * * ▪ insect Introduction       any of a group of insects commonly …   Universalium

  • Insect morphology — Legend of body parts Tagmata : A Head, B Thorax, C Abdomen. 1. antenna 2. ocelli (lower) 3. ocelli (upper) 4. compound eye 5. brain (cerebral ganglia) 6. prothorax …   Wikipedia

  • family Mantispidae — noun mantispids • Syn: ↑Mantispidae • Hypernyms: ↑arthropod family • Member Holonyms: ↑Neuroptera, ↑order Neuroptera • Member Meronyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • Mantispidae — noun mantispids • Syn: ↑family Mantispidae • Hypernyms: ↑arthropod family • Member Holonyms: ↑Neuroptera, ↑order Neuroptera • Member Meronyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • neuropteran — n. any insect of the order Neuroptera, including lacewings, having four finely veined membranous leaflike wings. Derivatives: neuropterous adj. Etymology: NEURO + Gk pteron wing * * * noun insect having biting mouthparts and four large membranous …   Useful english dictionary

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