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Lacewings & Antlions

order Neuroptera

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family Myrmeleontidae (Antlions)

Antlion Vella fallax

Body about 2" long.

Nymphs live 1-3 years at the base of sand pits where they eat insects that fall in.  They are sometimes called doodlebugs because they draw wavy lines in the sand before digging a pit.  A nymph builds a round cocoon to morph into an adult.

Photo taken in Sutton County, August 2005

(Native of Texas)


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