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Antlion - Myrmeleon

Antlion - Myrmeleon
Bennett Place, Durham County, North Carolina, USA
August 27, 2006
Size: 6mm
Found in a pit on a trail, captured, and posed. This is resumably a Myrmeleon, since it is a pit former, correct? Note the narrow depth of field--a real problem for this rather plump-bodied insect. I need to learn how to do composites at different depths--I guess I'd need a focusing rail.

I'm going to try to rear it. Anyone have any experience doing this?

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Antlion - Myrmeleon Antlion - Myrmeleon

Moved from Myrmeleon.

Yes. I kept an antlion one summer and it successfully pupated and emerged as an adult. However, I've read that they can stay immatures for up to 3 years, so I was probably lucky in finding one close to pupation. If you can't catch enough ants, mine seemed happy to snack on a few isopods.

Thanks for tips
Thanks for your suggestions on feeding these things. I have plenty of isopods in my yard and will give those a try next time I try to rear an antlion. I had given it some mealworms a while back, and am not sure if it ate the mealworms, or the mealworms ate it. There are some pupal-case type things in the sand now, but I'm not sure what they are. Spring will tell, perhaps.

I can't remember how long it took for the pupae to hatch, but I can tell you what it should look like. My antlion made a trail (doodle) in the sand, at the end of which was a ball of silk and sand. (You might have mealworm pupae?) Here's the link to a typical trail picture:
Good luck!

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