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Saturday, October 20, 2012

Antlion

This week I introduced Oliver to the joys catching ants and dropping them into an antlion's nest, a funnel like pit of fine sand that traps anything that falls into it. It is something I remember doing for hours as a child. It is fascinating to watch.
Antlions are a group of insects in the family Myrmeleontidae. The most well-known genus is Myrmeleo. There are about 2,000 species. Strictly speaking, the term "antlion" applies to the larval form of the members of this family, but while several languages have their own terms for the adult, there is no widely used word for them in English. Very rarely, the adults are called "antlion lacewings". (Wikipedia)

 
 
This clip shows an antlion in action (however the voice over is terrible).


2 comments:

  1. Shivers!!! Creepy creature! I'll bet Oliver loved learning the new game :) Hehe.. just listening to The Jaws of Death part!!

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