Antlions

1 hese large, soft, slender insects resemble damselflies (see pp.51-53). The head is broader than the pronotum, with large, conspicuous eyes and club-ended antennae that are about as long as the head and thorax together. The long, narrow wings may have brown or black patterns.

• IJ Hi CYCLE Eggs are laid in soil or sand, singly or in small groups. The larvae cat insects and spiders. Some antlions construct conical pits to trap prey. The larvae live in these pits, with only their sharp, spiny mandibles showing, and flick sand grains at prey to knock them into the lair. Other larvae live on tree trunks, in soil and debris, or under stones.

• OCCl IRRENCE Worldwide, especially in semiarid areas in subtropical and tropical regions. In open woodland, scrub grassland, and dry, sandy areas.

• REMARK Antlion larvae are sometimes called doodlebugs.

Larvak have large, curved, toothed jaws and long legs. The large abdomen tapers toward the rear.

black spots on head and long, narrow wings lemon-yellow wings with brown patterning short, dub-ended antennae __

head broader than pronotum short, dub-ended antennae __

head broader than pronotum

Palpares I a he LI a iloides is a large, diurnal species with distinctively mottled wings. It is locally common in southern Europe and the Mediterranean.

males have sexual clasping organs that look rather-like earwigs' forceps males have sexual clasping organs that look rather-like earwigs' forceps

Palpares I a he LI a iloides is a large, diurnal species with distinctively mottled wings. It is locally common in southern Europe and the Mediterranean.

0rder NEUROPTKRA

Family NKMOPTERIDAE

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