Rate of parasitism of antlion
larvae, Myrmeleon bore (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae) by the bee fly, Villa myrmeleonostena (Diptera: Bombyliidae).
in central Florida are non-invasive, nonendemic organisms that nevertheless thrive in the Florida scrub, a rare xeric ecosystem with a remarkably high rate of endemism (Deyrup 1990).
As a consequence, antlion
larvae that have their trap destroyed and consequently show reduced growth may result in smaller adults.
The effect of density on the spatial distribution of antlion
larvae has been studied.
pits are usually made in shaded areas such as under ledges of rock, under logs which do not touch the ground at all points or under man made sources of shade (Turner, 1915; Haub, 1942; Green, 1955; Topoff, 1977).
started kicking, and he didn't knock the ant out of the pit.
live all over the world, and some kinds live in sandy places.
larvae (Neuroptera: Myrmeliontidae), the focus of the present study, are generalist predators of arthropods that move along the soil surface.
"One answer is that the antlion
is 'interrogating' much more sand to find and eject large grains than just the volume of sand that has to be removed to form the final pit."
Substrate particle size affects pit building decision and pit size in the antlion
larvae Euroleon nostras (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae).
Look for antlion
pits in dry, sandy soil in protected places, like near houses or under rock ledges.
In reality, antlions
bear no resemblance to elephants barring the two tiny prongs that could be misinterpreted as tusks.