Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Field of Antlions

We have a great outdoor classroom at Prairie Ridge. Under the outdoor classroom, there’s a patch of fine-grained soil that’s perfect for antlions.  There are several hundred antlions down there now:

Antlions

Antlions

If you don’t know about antlions, each of those little holes has a fierce predator at the bottom, waiting with its long, sharp jaws just below the surface for some hapless insect to fall into its trap.  Think Return of the Jedi and the Sarlacc, the creature in the pit Jabba the Hut tries to feed Luke Sywalker and Han Solo to.  It’s a good analogy.

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7 thoughts on “Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Field of Antlions

    • No? I guess I haven’t ever tried, though I have tried to “fish” for antlions with little sticks before. I’ve heard rumors that sometimes you can get them to grab hold of a twig and you can extract them from their burrows to look at them and I’ve wanted to see if that’s true. I have yet to be successful though.

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