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Genus Myrmeleon

Antlion - Myrmeleon mystery larva? - Myrmeleon Antlion - Myrmeleon immaculatus antlion - Myrmeleon ant lion - Myrmeleon immaculatus - female Which Antlion is this? - Myrmeleon exitialis Myrmeleon Myrmeleon
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)
Genus Myrmeleon
Explanation of Names
Myrmeleon Linnaeus 1767
From Greek myrmex (μιρμηξ, μιρμηκ-) 'ant' + leon (λεων) 'lion'(1).
11 spp. in our area(2)
the only genus in our area whose larvae make the funnel-shaped pits
6 eastern and 5 western spp.; M. exitialis is the only one that ranges into Canada (BC)(3)
Life Cycle
Larvae dig a shallow pit in loose sand to trap prey:
Print References
Lucas, J. R., & L. A. Stange. (1981). Key and descriptions to the Myrmeleon larvae of Florida (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae). Florida Ent. 64: 207-216. (Full Text)
Napolitano, J. F. (1998). Predatory behavior of a pit-marking antlion, Myrmelon mobilis (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae). Florida Entomologist 81: 562-566. (Full Text)
Internet References
~ BOLDSYSTEMS website page for the genus Myrmeleon - Specimens identified by DNA testing