imbala

imbala

Posted on 07/07/2017


Photo taken on July  7, 2017


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insect
antlion
Wilsons Creek NSW
antlion larva
Myrmeleontidae
Neuroptera
Ditaxis biseriata


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antlion larva

antlion larva
It was the strangest thing! I was putting some wood into the heater when this 'thing' jumped onto my hand. I'm sure I've never seen one before, but the word 'antlion' came into my head, so I googled it, and there it was! I knew we had them under the house. Their sand pit traps are everywhere, but I'd never seen one. It wasn't the least bit shy, but wandered around purposefully until I put it under the house once more after we got the photos of it. . . . . . photo MR

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imbala
imbala
4 months ago. Edited 4 months ago.
Ryan Brookes
Ryan Brookes
When I was very young I used to dig up their pits and collect them in little bottles. I had no idea what these strange creatures were called so named them "baby elephants". :-)
3 months ago.
imbala has replied to Ryan Brookes
That's very funny, Ryan. My kids used to dig them up, too, apparently. I never saw them, nor knew that they found them.

I knew that the pits were made by antlions, but I didn't know what they turned into. It wasn't until I started getting shots of things to put up on flickr that I began to really look into insects here and find names for them. Growing up in Canada in no way prepared me for understanding or identifying the insects of Australia.
3 months ago.
Alass
Alass
We used to dig these up as kids in the Murray mallee of SA
8 weeks ago.
imbala
imbala
It seems most kids played in the dirt and inspected the critters they found. I spent my free time up in the tops of trees. I loved being up in the wind and open sky.
7 weeks ago.