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Genus Myrmeleon

Ant Lion - Myrmeleon Antlion - Myrmeleon mobilis ID Me Please - Myrmeleon immaculatus Holes in The Sand - Myrmeleon Immature ant lion - Myrmeleon Antlion Larvae - Myrmeleon unknown  - Myrmeleon Myrmeliontid sp - Myrmeleon exitialis
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