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Genus Brachynemurus

Unknown - Brachynemurus nebulosus Long-tailed Brachynemurus abdominalis? #1 - Brachynemurus abdominalis - male Antlion - Brachynemurus abdominalis - male Common Ant Lion - Brachynemurus abdominalis - female Antlion - Brachynemurus abdominalis Myrmeleontidae - Brachynemurus nebulosus 3040234,5 Antlion - Brachynemurus sackeni - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Neuroptera (Antlions, Lacewings, and Allies)
Suborder Myrmeleontiformia (Antlions and Allies)
Family Myrmeleontidae (Antlions & Owlflies)
Subfamily Myrmeleontinae (Giant, Long-tailed, and Pit-trapping Antlions)
Tribe Brachynemurini (Long-tailed Antlions)
Genus Brachynemurus
Other Common Names
Explanation of Names
Brachynemurus Hagen, 1888
20 spp. in our area(1); 21 spp. total, extending into Mexico (only B. divisus is excluded from our area)(2)
examples of local faunas: 6 spp. in NC (abdominalis and longicaudis being by far the commonest)(3), 6 in FL(4), 8 in KS(5)

1. B. abdominalis: BC, MN, ON; AR, AZ, CA, CO, CT, DC, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, LA, MA, MD, MI, MN, MO, NC, ND, NE, NJ, NM, NV, NY, OK, OR, PA, SD, TN, TX, UT, VA, WA, WI, WY
2. B. blandus: AZ, CA, CO, KS, NM, NV, TX, UT, WA, WY
3. B. californicus: AZ, CA
4. B. carolinus: FL, GA, NC
5. B. eiseni (=Scotoleon eiseni in the Species Catalog)(2): AZ, CA, NV
6. B. elongatus: AZ, CA, CO, NE, NM, NV, UT
7. B. ferox: BC; AZ, CA, CO, NM, NV, OR, UT, WY
8. B. fuscus: AZ
9. B. henshawi: CA, NV, OR
10. B. hubbardi: AZ, CO, KS, NM, NV, OK, TX, UT
11. B. irregularis: IL, KS, OK, TX
12. B. longicaudus: FL, GA, IN, MS, NC, NJ, SC, VA
13. B. mexicanus: AZ, NM
14. B. nebulosus: ON; FL, GA, IL, IN, MI, MN, NC, NE, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TX, WI
15. B. pulchellus: AZ, CA, NV
16. B. ramburi: FL, GA, NC
17. B. sackeni: AZ, CA, CO, KS, NE, NM, NV, OR, TX, UT, WY
18. B. seminolae: FL, NC
19. B. signatus: CO, DE, IL, KS, MI, MN, ND, NE, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, WI
20. B. versutus: AZ, CO, NM
body 25-50 mm
Large antlions with soft, slender, long abdomen extending beyond wingtips and long, barely marked wings with fine net-like venation; spp. closely similar(6)

Wing venation
Much of NA, especially south, with 8 spp. in the East and 11 in the West (B. abdominalis is the only transcontinental sp.)(1)
Sandy areas.
Adults reported to feed on small insects
Life Cycle
Adults mostly nocturnal. Larvae live in the sand and often leave conspicuous trails. They do not form pit-traps but rather chase down their prey. (7)