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Genus Myrmeleon

Antlion Larvae - Myrmeleon Antlion - Myrmeleon Antlion nymph - Myrmeleon damsel or dragonfly - Myrmeleon Antlion - Myrmeleon exitialis Antlion - Myrmeleon Antlion.  Myrmeleon? - Myrmeleon ant lion nymph - Myrmeleon immaculatus
Classification
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).
Numbers
11 spp. in our area(2)
Identification
the only genus in our area whose larvae make the funnel-shaped pits
Range
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