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  Antlion (Myrmeleontidae family )





Antlion | Myrmeleontidae family  photo
some antlion lacewings look a bit like dragonflies, but dragonflies do not have antenna like this.

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Antlion | Myrmeleontidae family  photo
Eggs are laid on stalks, often under eaves, under outdoor furniture or other sheltered places.

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Antlion | Myrmeleontidae family  photo
The eggs have hatched

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Antlion | Myrmeleontidae family  photo
The larvae are called ant lions. Some species of ant lions live in the ground making conical pits in soft sandy soil to trap insects. The ant lion buries itself just under the sand at the bottom of the pit.

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Antlion | Myrmeleontidae family  photo
The antlion has long mandibles for grabbing any insect that falls into the trap.

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ANTLION FACTS

Identification
Antlions are a family of lacewings with short antennae that thicken towards the tips. They have two pairs of long thin transparent wings that are held along the body.

Other Names
Lacewings

Size
25mm

Food
larvae feed on insects

Breeding
The eggs are laid in groups with each egg on a short stalk, and each stalk linked together in horse-shoe pattern. The larvae are called antlions (or ant-lions) and are carnivorous. Some live in the ground making conical pit traps to catch ants and other small passing insects.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Neuroptera
Family:Myrmeleontidae
Genus:Myrmeleontidae family
Species:
Common Name:Antlion