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Pit-building Antlions

Afrikaans name:

Myrmeleon

Photo © Steven Herbert

Myrmeleon species

These winged creatures are probably more familiar to us in their larval form that builds conical pits in sand to catch small insects. They are, however, only why genus of similar insects.

Myrmeleons have a wingspan of just over 4 cm.

They are found over the whole of South Africa but are more common in drier regions. They are not only found in South Africa. They may be found as far north as parts of equatorial Africa.

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