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Genus Brachynemurus

antlion - Brachynemurus abdominalis Brachynemurus longicaudus Ant Lion - Brachynemurus sackeni - female Brachynemurus abdominalis Ant Lion from desert sands - Brachynemurus sackeni - male and a couple of Antlions - Brachynemurus sackeni - female antlion - Brachynemurus hubbardii Antlion - Brachynemurus abdominalis
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)
Tribe Brachynemurini
Genus Brachynemurus
Other Common Names
Common Antlions
Explanation of Names
Brachynemurus Hagen 1888
18 spp. in our area(1); examples of local faunas: 6 spp. in NC (abdominalis and longicaudis being by far the commonest)(2), 6 in FL(3), 8 in KS(4)
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(1)
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 reported to be pit formers.
Internet References
~ BOLDSYSTEMS website page for the genus Brachynemurus - Specimens identified by DNA testing