STUART WILSON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY STUART WILSON / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY
Antlions are a family of insects in the order Neuoptera, classified as Myrmeleontidae. Although they resemble dragonflies or damselflies, they belong to an entirely different order of insects. Antlions are easily distinguished from damsleflies by their longer, prominent, clubbed antennae and different pattern of wing venation. They are also very feeble fliers and are normally found fluttering about in the night, in search of a mate. The adult is rarely seen in the wild because it is typically active only in the evening. Antlions are omnivorous. The antlion larvae eat ants and other insects, while the adult antlion eats pollen and nectar. The larvae build pits to trap ants and other small insects. This photograph was taken in Arizona.
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