Myrmeleon sp.

Antlion / Doodlebug

Antlion pits, Myrmeleon sp.

Family: Myrmeleontidae

Subfamily: Myrmeleontinae

Tribe: Myrmeleontini

Length: typically around 40 mm


The pit-building Antlions, genus Myrmeleon, prefer dry conditions so that their pits aren’t readily flooded. For this reason, they often locate their pits under rock overhangs or other natural protection. At a friend’s farm near Sago, the antlions use the dirt floor of the barn for their pitfalls.

Photo locations: Carter Caves State Park, Kentucky (top photo); Neshoba County, Mississippi (bottom photo)..

Myrmeleon sp. larva

American Insects site