Antlion (Myrmeleon spp.)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Antlion (Myrmeleon spp.)

A member of the Myrmeleontidae Family. Predacious in both larval and adult stages.

Antlions stay in larval stage from 1 to 3 years and are commonly called doodle bugs. the larva dig a shallow cone-shaped pit in sand and wait at the bottom for an ant or other insect to slip on the loose sand and fall in.

Adults eat nectar, pollen and feed on caterpillars and aphids. These weak flyers are usually nocturnal.

Learn: http://entomology.ifas.ufl.edu/creatures/misc/neuroptera/Glenurus_gratus.htm

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