Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Antlion

I have a thing for antlions.  There’s something about the intricacies of their wings that I just love, so I photograph them frequently and watch them at my porch light during the summer.  A few make their way into my collection, such as this one:



And does everyone remember why this isn’t a damselfly?  If not, I’ll give you a hint: look how long those antennae are!  It’s a dead giveaway.


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6 thoughts on “Well-Nigh Wordless Wednesday: Antlion

    • They’re close relatives, all in the order Neuroptera. Lacewings tend to be smaller, with less overt antenna (though still more overt than damselflies). They’re all quite beautiful.

      During the age of dinosaurs, there were Neuroptera with big patterned wings. They’re sometimes called the Butterflies of the Jurassic.

    • Yes, the antlions are in a different family (Myrmeleontidae) than the lacewings (Chrysopidae), so they are different. The wings are different and the antennae are different. The larvae are quite distinctive. They’re both in the order Neuroptera though, so they can look quite similar otherwise!

  1. Thanks :) I love the Lacewings, they are very beautiful. They lay their eggs on my washing line wires, I’m always careful when I hang things so I don’t squash any of them!

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