Antlion (likely Myrmeleon sp.)

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

Order Neuroptera – Antlions, Owlflies, Lacewings, Mantidflies and Allies
Suborder Myrmeleontiformia – Antlions and Owlflies
Family Myrmeleontidae

Predacious in larval stage and some species in adult stage.

Antlions stay in larval stage from 1 to 3 years. This stage is commonly called doodle bugs. Larvae 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 some adult species feed on caterpillars and aphids. These weak flyers are usually nocturnal.

General learning link:  https://www.antlionpit.com/antlions.html

“The adults of this genus and many other groups can be found during the day on dry grasses and dry bush stems….”

“All of the Florida species belong to the subfamily Myrmeleontinae.”

source: Checklist and Bibliography of the Megaloptera and Neuroptera of Florida: http://www.fsca-dpi.org/Neuroptera/Neuroptera_of_Florida.htm

Shown on dried sedge.

My take: https://floridawildlifegardentails.wordpress.com/2017/04/30/garden-pests-invite-the-myrmeleontiformias/

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