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Family Myrmeleontidae - Antlions

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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)
Other Common Names
Doodlebugs (larvae, esp. Myrmeleon)
Explanation of Names
Myrmeleontidae Latreille 1802
94 spp. in 18 genera in our area(1)(2)
adult body length 40-80 mm
Antennae fairly short (about the length of the head and thorax combined), clubbed, and often curved at the tip somewhat like a field hockey stick. Wings transparent, mottled with brown and black.
Larvae are voracious predators that lie in wait for their insect prey under sand or loose soil. Myrmeleon spp. (known as "doodlebugs") are most frequently noticed--they dig a shallow pit in loose sand to trap prey. Members of some other genera live in tree holes.
adults mostly nocturnal or crepuscular; come to lights
See Also
Dobsonflies have narrow antennae with tapered ends, bigger heads and jaws

Fishflies have serrate (with sawlike teeth) or pectinate (feathery) antennae

Owlflies have very long antennae and large bulging eyes
Internet References
~ BOLDSYSTEMS website page for the family Myrmeleontidae - Specimens identified by DNA testing
Works Cited
1.Species catalog of the Neuroptera, Megaloptera, and Raphidioptera of America North of Mexico
Penny N.D., Adams P.A., Stange L.A. 1997. Proc. Calif. Acad. Sci. 50: 39-114.
2.Antlions of Hispaniola (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae)
R.B. Miller, L.A. Stange. 2011. Insecta Mundi 0182: 1-28.