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Myrmeleon

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lenrely
lenrely 8 months ago

I found it in my hand. Just kidding, I found it in the conservation area where I work during the City Nature Challenge bioblitz.

pramod.mitikiri
pramod.mitikiri 8 months ago

I would agree that this would be an antlion. It's scientific name is Glenurus gratus, and its order is Neuroptera, which has evolved from the event Holometabola, or the event when insects underwent complete metamorphosis (Yes that would mean they are also affected by the event Neoptera; the ability to put their wings over their back roof-like). Specifically, this is the antlion in its larva state, as you can tell by its sizable 2 points of articulation sticking out. In its larva state, it is quite predacious and will fight other ants in its vicinity. A fun about them is that when they reach their mature stage, they will have wings that "resemble drab-colored, 1.5 inch long damsel flies with four long, narrow, net-veined wings (roof-like)" over their back.

Just out of curiosity, where did you find this insect?
https://texasinsects.tamu.edu/neuroptera...

lenrely
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lenrely

Vashti, North Carolina, United States

Spotted on May 2, 2021
Submitted on Nov 25, 2021

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