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Genus Brachynemurus

gray antlion - Brachynemurus nebulosus Antlion - Brachynemurus longicaudus Myrmeleontid - Brachynemurus nebulosus Adult antlion--Scotoleon dissimilis? - Brachynemurus Antlion 2 - Brachynemurus abdominalis antlion species? - Brachynemurus MyrmeleontidaeX - Brachynemurus abdominalis - female Brachynemurus longicaudus??, Seabrook Island, SC - Brachynemurus longicaudus
Classification
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
Numbers
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)
Size
body 25-50 mm
Identification
large antlions with soft, slender, long abdomen extending beyond wingtips and long, barely marked wings with fine net-like venation; spp. closely similar(1)
Range
Much of NA, especially south, with 8 spp. in the East and 11 in the West (B. abdominalis is the only transcontinental sp.)(1)
Habitat
Sandy areas.
Food
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