Antlions

Some of you have been on safari and will have enjoyed looking at the Big 5, they are a truly spectacular group of animals.

What you may not know though, is that there is also a Little 5 of some equally amazing animals.

We have the Antlion or Lion Ant in our garden and as the drought intensifies so does their hunting activity.

In fact it's not an ant at all but rather the larva of the Neuroptera a dragonfly type insect. Whilst it's in the larva stage it burrows into the ground and forms a small pit with incredibly smooth sides. It then waits patiently for ants or other small insects to fall in and eats them. Once an ant is in the pit there is no escape!

On this finished trap the sides are visibly smooth, as is the Antlion waiting at the bottom, normally they're very well hidden.



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