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Antlion Pit



A Pit trap is made by an antlion larva, which waits at the bottom with jaws cocked, ready to impale an ant or beetle. In creating the pit, the antlion removes all bits of leaves or twigs, and tosses out the sand in such a way that the pit is lined with the smaller grains which make a more slippery slope. If a prey is struggling up the side of the pit, the antlion flings up sand at it to make little avalanches that carry the prey to the bottom.


Seen in sandy dry areas.

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Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 9 years ago

Just came across this one - great photo Alice ! morbid it might be, but I love watching the antlion catch his prey !

Tyler Hughes
Tyler Hughes 9 years ago

I love it! To bad its not out attacking anything.

Wildifreq 9 years ago

Antlions are my favorite! :)

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

Thank You Blaise, Raquel, Trish, Ava, Harsuame, Emma and Bandh!

alicelongmartin 9 years ago

I have done it Ava, thanks for the suggestion!

Ava T-B
Ava T-B 9 years ago

Please consider adding this cool spotting to the Animal Architecture mission!

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Sarasota, Florida, USA

Spotted on Mar 25, 2012
Submitted on Mar 27, 2012

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