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Old Sep 24, 2011, 6:32 PM   #1
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I took this today thinking back to June when I posted what I thought were dragonflies but StefanS identified them as adult antlions. I was so amazed that these little guys grow into such a large adult (comparatively anyway, this larval antlion is about 1/2 cm and the adults i saw were about 2 inches) I've seen these my whole life (here in Oklahoma) but never knew they metamorphed into anything else, They say the adults are usually nocturnal so aren't normally seen. Another cool thing I read is these larval stages live for 2 to 3 years before they spin a cocoon in the sand and stay in it for about a month before emerging as the adults. I blew the sand off of him to see him, in this shot he's already backing into the sand again to start making his new pit.
(here's the link to the other post in case you wanted to compare the larva to the adult antlion 2 dragonflies)
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Old Sep 26, 2011, 6:11 PM   #2
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Amazing story. How on earth did you spot this critter?
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Old Sep 27, 2011, 12:22 PM   #3
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They are really easy to spot, they make a cone shaped pit in the sand. When ants crawl in they have a hard time crawling up the sand incline and the antlions use those nasty pinchers to catch em. There are probably a couple hundred just around my house.
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Lucky guy, I had never seen them in real

Very interesting and good captured.

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Very glad I'm not an ant...
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