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Antlion traps

Myrmeleon sp.


Antlion larvae traps in loose dirt


Old horse barn, rural deciduous area, Clermont County


Fun fact: Antlion larvae dig holes in loose dirt and sand and hide underneath at the bottom. When a small insect falls into the hole, it is unable to climb out and keeps sliding to the bottom, where the larva leaps out and snatches it in its long pincers.

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Gaby3 3 years ago

I can confirm that they are, indeed, pits and not mounds. I also tossed an ant into one and saw the antlion larva emerge to feast, though sadly I was unable to get a picture. :(

flowntheloop 3 years ago

@maplemoth662: You must be seeing an optical illusion on your screen. :) I definitely see BELOW ground pits (as in holes in the ground). I wonder how many other people see the same thing! :D

flowntheloop 3 years ago

In agreement with Machi. I don't see the mounds? I see conical pits as well.

Machi 3 years ago

Those are conical pits maplemoth... These are definitely antlion traps

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