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Photo#71086
Dendroleon obsoletus

Dendroleon obsoletus
Parkwood, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
August 15, 2006
Size: 25 mm
Detail of one antenna, particularly pretty in this species, with a delicate pink color on the middle segments. This antenna is about 6 mm long in its natural slightly curled state, about 7 mm perhaps, stretched out. The length on my screen is about 130 mm, giving an on-screen magnification of about 22X. This will vary with monitor settings, but is the right ballpark.

The antennae of antlions seem to be quite distinctive among species--perhaps this would be helpful in keying genera. Anybody out there had experience keying this family?

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#71086 Identification (confirmed) -- Dendroleon obsoletus
Yes, this is the antlion Dendroleon obsoletus (Say, 1839).

Very cool shots, Patrick,
showing the complexity and beauty in nature, even in the smallest of things.

Thank you for posting them.

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