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A different kind of lion…

A different kind of lion…

On a walk early this morning I came across this beautiful insect hanging onto a Senna pod. It is an adult antlion from the order Neuroptera and is a fascinating insect. The larvae are predatory and live in sand, lunging out and grabbing their prey as they pass by. The better known antlions build a funnel shaped pit in the sand which their victims slide into and can’t climb out. The antlion then grabs them in its powerful jaws and sucks them dry!

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