Antlions

Family Myrmeleontidae


In this family larvae with their pit-like homes are noticed more often than the delicate, net-winged adults. The adults are seldom seen because they are active at night, or at dusk and dawn. They do find their way to ultraviolet lights.

The larvae are all predaceous, but not all dig the well-known conical pits.

Traits of the family include relatively short, clubbed antenna, and clear wings that are sometimes spotted. Antlions bear a passing resemblance to damselflies, and like damselflies they are not robust fliers.

All New World damselflies are in the subfamily Myrmeleontinae. There are 79 Nearctic species.


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Dendroleon obsoletus
Myrmeleon sp.
Brachynemurus sp.
Peruveleon dorsalis