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Antlion (Myrmeleon sp./ Brachynemurus abdominalis)

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Neuroptera
Family: Myrmeleontidae
Sub-Family: -
Genus: Brachynemurus/ Myrmeleon?
Species: abdominalis/ sp.?
Year: -
Distribution: Arizona, Archbold station in Florida are in abundance.

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.

Females: ?

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 picture) emerged.

Adult. Not sure of the sex, but suspect that it is a male as it died just 3 1/2 days after hatching.


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