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Sierra Wormlion - Vermileo comstocki

Sierra Wormlion - Vermileo comstocki
Off Packsaddle Pass Road, El Dorado County, California, USA
June 25, 2018
Micro-habitat shot showing the relatively fine "sandy-to-dusty" substrate...together with the shade & cover of the low-overhangs along boulder edges...which constitute favored habitat for larval Vermileo and their pit-traps.

Many larval pit traps are apparent in this image, with their circular edges and inverted-conical (i.e. "funnel-like") central depressions intimated by indirect shading of the ambient light (better seen in full-size image). Some of these (especially the larger ones) may be larval pit traps of ant-lions (Myrmeleontidae)...which often coexist with wormlions (Vermileonidae) in such favored habitat.

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