(Myrmeleon sp./ Brachynemurus abdominalis)
||Arizona, Archbold station in Florida are in
There are many types of antlions world wide, though
larvae are almost identical in most species. Their
jaws are extremely sharply pointed and curved at
the tip which are used to pierce thru their pray.
The unlucky insects that fall into the bottom of
their pits, instantly fall onto antlion's jaws and
slowly killed by salivery injection. The soft insides
of the prey are then liquefied under action of the
injected enzymes and the ensuring "soup"
is sucked up by the antlion larvae through the hollow
core of its jaws. Ants are the principal insects
that fall into victim to antlion larvae, thus the
name "antlion" was born! Each crater can
range from less then one to several centimetres
in diameter. The larvae will help the pray to fall
down to their jaws as they try to climb back out,
by flicking sand at them, thus descending them closer
and closer to antlion's jaws!
A very interesting fact is that the antlions do
not have anus! They save all of their waste and
will defecate only ones they emerge from a pupae!
Which allows them to not defecate in the same crater
that they feed and live in as a larvae.
Adult antlions live in tree holes and are nocturnal,
slow flying, and soft bodied. The family Myrmeleontidae
is part of the order Neuroptera, which means "net
wings" All Neuroptera have four wings marked
by a netlike pattern of veins. The order Neuroptera,
which includes Dobsonflies and Lacewings, is the
most primitive order of insects with complete metamorphosis.
Adult male's body length: ~2.5 inches long.
Diet: Ants, Crickets, and pretty much anything
als that runs into their trap.
Medium size larvae.
An empty cocoon from which the adult (in below
Adult. Not sure of the sex, but suspect that it
is a male as it died just 3 1/2 days after hatching.