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13-JUL-2016 Christine Hanrahan

Antlion pit (Myrmeleon)

Larose Forest

I came across a number of these pits in a sandy area in Larose Forest the other day. They are made by antlion larvae. The larva creates the pit by burrowing backwards in the sand and then lying in wait until an unsuspecting insect falls into the pit, at which point it grabs its prey with its truly fierce looking jaws. I kept hoping I might see one of the larvae pop out, but no such luck. The adult antlions are large flying insects that look nothing like the larvae.

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Sam Rua17-Jul-2016 21:31
Yep. Played with these a lot when I was a kid. They don't always grab their prey but when they do they plunge it under the sand pit. Pretty cool (especially when you are 8 - 10 years old).
Don16-Jul-2016 18:37
You have them too! They're quire a feature of sandy areas in the land of Oz.
hayl15-Jul-2016 10:52
Thanks again for another look into the world at our feet.
joseantonio15-Jul-2016 03:52
how interesting. Thank you for the lesson.V
globalgadabout15-Jul-2016 03:27
trust these pits are small...they sound perilous..
Carl Carbone15-Jul-2016 02:44
Very interesting! I think I've seen these and just thought they are any mounds.
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