Rare insect 'Mantid lacewings' spotted in Thrissur

Mantispilla Indica

Irinjalakuda: A rare species of Mantid fly (Mantid lacewing) has been spotted by the researchers at the Entomology research lab in Christ College here. The scientific name of the newly found species is Mantispilla Indica.

The insects were spotted at Mulankunnathukavu and Irinjalakkuda regions. The report regarding the species was first published in the national science publication 'Journal of Threatened Taxa'.

The major contributors behind the discovery are TB Suryanarayanan, a research scholar in the Zoology department, and Dr Bijoy C, the research guide. Usually, this new species were wrongly idetntified as praying mantis.

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