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Palpares libelluloides Linnaeus, 1764

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Palpares libelluloides Linnaeus, 1764
Common names : Ant-Lion, Antlion [En], Grand fourmilion [Fr], Hormiga león [Sp], Karınca Aslanı [Tu]

Güzelçamli, AYDIN ● Turkey

Description: This is the largest of the European antlions, with length of 60-100 mm. Antlions can all be readily distinguished from the Odonata by their thickly clubbed antennae.

Biology: These insects get their name from the predatory habits of their larvae which construct a steeply sloped pit in sandy locations and bury themselves at the bottom of it with only their large, powerful jaws exposed. Ants, and other small insects, that fall into the pit are unable to climb out of the trap and are quickly killed by the antlion larva.

Habitat: dry grasses.

Distribution: Southern Europe, North Africa, Middle East

References:
Chinery M., 2005. Insectes de France et d’Europe occidentale, Flammarion.
Wilson R., Bird & Wildlife Photography



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