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Macronemurus appendiculatus  (Latreille, 1807)
Main synonym = Distoleon insidiosus    (Walker, 1853)
Taxonomical Classification:  Animalia / Arthropoda / Insecta / Neuroptera / Myrmeleontidae
Ant-lion, Doodle-bug (larva only)     Qerd in-nemel
Further Information:
The larva of the ant-lion has a scary and fierce appearance having 2 strong jaws for holding prey whilst sucking its fluid. The larva constructs a funnel shaped pit by digging in the sand. The larva then stays put at the base of the funnel until an insect (usually ants) falls into its trap. The larva throws sand at the insect to stop insect from escaping. The adult of the larva looks like a dames-fly but there are some differences. The antennae of the ant-lion are clubbed and the adult is nocturnal also the venation of the wings is different from those of a damesfly. Adult ant-lions feed on pollen or nectar or do not feed at all. Adult ant-lions are weak fliers.




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