Antlion

Animal Guide :

Antlion
Fun Fact:
Antlions are named for their larvae that ambush passing insects from funnel-shaped holes in the ground.

What's for Lunch:
Small insects

Where's Home:
Loose, sandy soil

Scientific Name:
Brachynemurus sp.

Animal Guide :

Overview:

The adult Antlion is as slender as a damselfly, with delicate, speckled wings. Its larva, for which the Antlion is named, cuts a much more frightening figure. A low-slung, armored, beetle-headed creature with long spiked sickles for jaws, the larva lurks at the bottom of a funnel-shaped pit in sandy soil. Once ants and other small insects begin to slide down the sides of the pit toward the gaping jaws below, there's no escape.