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Ant-Lion

Palparus pardus

Description:

A beautiful insect, located in the grass and flying like a grasshopper, not like a dragonfly although the body is a bit similar. Length about 50mm (body). It's an Ant-Lion adult, part of the order Neuroptera and more specifially of the Family Myrmeleontidae. More than 2000 species world wide.

Habitat:

Forest

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10 Comments

JoeHartman
JoeHartman 7 years ago

Thanks!
By accident I found it. Someone ID'ed the Owl Fly for me and I checked at the Checklist of Indian Neuropera. It's a checklist, no photos, except one: the Ant Lion I was looking for in my mind. So I found two Neuropera today and that makes me happy, as it is a unknown group of insects, but some specimen are beautiful!

Leuba Ridgway
Leuba Ridgway 7 years ago

Fantastic ! from scary nymphal form to such elegant beauty !!

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

Joe, that's great! It's nice to have a full ID for such a lovely creature!

JoeHartman
JoeHartman 7 years ago

Today I found the ID on the Checklist of Indian Neuroptera :)

JoeHartman
JoeHartman 7 years ago

Thanks Ingrid. I was surprised too and did not realize it is an Antlion...

Ingrid3
Ingrid3 7 years ago

fantastic!
I did not know antlions were so colorful.

JoeHartman
JoeHartman 7 years ago

Thank you Gilma

Nice finding, thank you for sharing, very beautiful creature.

JoeHartman
JoeHartman 7 years ago

Thanks ForestDragon, I also got on track with the ant lions. Probably I won't find the right species, as there are many of them. But at least I can edit this spotting into ant lion. Thanks again.

ForestDragon
ForestDragon 7 years ago

Hi Joe! This beautiful insect looks like an adult Antlion. I am not sure of the species in your area but this should give you a place to start looking.

JoeHartman
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จังหวัดอุดรธานี, Thailand

Spotted on Oct 17, 2013
Submitted on Oct 17, 2013

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