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Genus Myrmeleon

Another Ant Lion - Myrmeleon I thought dragon/damsel at first - Myrmeleon Ant Lion - Myrmeleon Unknown Myrmeleontid - Myrmeleon exitialis ? - Myrmeleon Antlion Larva - Myrmeleon immaculatus White-spotted antlion - Myrmeleon immaculatus antlion - Myrmeleon
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Neuroptera (Antlions, Owlflies, Lacewings, Mantidflies and Allies)
Suborder Myrmeleontiformia (Antlions and Owlflies)
Family Myrmeleontidae (Antlions)
Genus Myrmeleon
Explanation of Names
Myrmeleon Linnaeus 1767
From Greek myrmex (μιρμηξ, μιρμηκ-) 'ant' + leon (λεων) 'lion'(1).
11 spp. in our area(2)
the only genus in our area whose larvae make the funnel-shaped pits
6 eastern and 5 western spp.; M. exitialis is the only one that ranges into Canada (BC)(3)
Life Cycle
Larvae dig a shallow pit in loose sand to trap prey:
Internet References
~ BOLDSYSTEMS website page for the genus Myrmeleon - Specimens identified by DNA testing