Flicking serves several purposes for pit-building antlions, including excavating and maintaining traps, discarding debris, and directly striking prey to encourage pit wall collapse (Heinrich & Heinrich 1984).
A generic review of the Acanthaclisine antlions based on larvae (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae).
larvae (Neuroptera, Myrmeleontidae) are sit-and-wait predators that build funnel-shaped traps in sandy soil to catch their prey (Farji-Brener, 2003).
larvae of the genus Myrmeleon (Neuroptera, Myrmeleontidae) are typical 'sit-and-wait' predators.
Kitching, (1984) reported his studies conducted in Australia that the Myrmeleontid antlions
did not build their pits in sand of grain size more than 1 mm.
Predatory interactions between ants and antlions
(Hymenoptera: Formicidae and Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae).
Learning in a sedentary insect predator: Antlions
(Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae) anticipate a long wait.
Probably because of the poor makeup of the local vegetation, the diversity of insects that were collected from the sheet was low--not many more than 20 different species, including moths, grasshoppers, antlions
, bugs and beetles.
Flies of the family Vermileonidae are unique among Diptera in that the larvae construct pitfall traps, similar to those of antlions
(Neuroptera, Myrmeleontidae), in order to capture prey.
live all over the world, and some kinds live in sandy places.
A large proportion of the antlion
larval diet consists of ants, not because of any clear specialization or preference, but because ants are relatively abundant in the dry areas where antlions
are found (Topoff 1977).
The literally dozens of study systems considered include bryozoans, cladocerans, mussels, nematodes, gorillas, backswimmers, sunfish, damselfish, hummingbirds, chickadees, oystercatchers, wagtails, snakes, lions, wildebeests, antlions
, and plants.
(Myrmeleontidae) are neuropteran predators commonly found in tropical regions.
Arthropod predators (commonly encountered taxa included sunscorpions [Solifugae], spiders [Araneae], centipedes [Scolopendridae], certain katydids [Tettigoniidae], praying mantids [Mantidae], lacewings [Hemerobiidae and Chrysopidae], antlions
[Myrmeleontidae], robber flies [Asilidae], certain ants [Formicidae], and many bugs [Hemiptera] and beetles [Coleoptera]) and parasitoids (mainly wasps [Hymenoptera]) were hand picked or aspirated from the six creosotebushes per site that were assigned to the arthropod predator-removal treatment.
In the photo below, the antlion
has been uncovered.