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Antlion lacewings

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Hi

The Antlion are larvae oft the Antlion lacewings.
The funnels in the sand, which the larvae make to catch insects (ants), are often seen in our country, the imago only rarely.
Here are some pictures of the Antlion lacewings.

It's a mystery to me how this large Antlion lacewings got between the window and the fly screen.
While cleaning, I discovered the dead animal.

Image
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Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: LAOWA 25mm F 2.8, 2.5-5X Ultra Macro
Exposure time: Flash
Aperture: 3.4
ISO: 64
Lighting: 4 flashes, YONGNUO YN560III
Diffuser: White writing paper
Shooting file format (RAW/JPG): RAW
Tripod: Reprostand
Species name: Antlion lacewings (Euroleon nostras)
Body length: ca. 40 mm
Stacking software / method: Zerene Stacker / PMax
Imaging scale: 3.5:1
Number of stacking steps: 246
Average stacking step size (µm) with Cognisys StackShot: 30

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Number of stacking steps: 184

Detail from wing
Image
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Number of stacking steps: 44

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Those shots are truly beautiful. Nice work.

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Very nice. That first image is beautifully realized.

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Beautiful! It is amazing how such an elongate and delicately beautiful insect come out of the very compact and horrendous looking antlion larva.
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Great image, congratulations. I don't know how you make these sharp stacks. I hope to learn this sometimes, it seems like a lot of work is to be done?
I find these antlions very interesting. We tried to breed one from larvae a few years ago, feeding it with ants etc. but it died after a month or so. The larva is quiet interesting just sitting in the sand waiting, I remember it doesn't have an anus. :-s
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Guppy wrote:
Tue Aug 16, 2022 8:43 am

The Antlion are larvae oft the Antlion lacewings.
Here are some pictures of the ant damselfly.
Hi, great shots.

I just wanted to correct biology part, antlions are not larvae but they have larval stage in their life when they live in those pits and pray on insects.

Damselfly are way different insect order from antlions which are lacewings.

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Cvrc wrote:
Sun Sep 04, 2022 1:56 am
I just wanted to correct biology part, antlions are not larvae but they have larval stage in their life when they live in those pits and pray on insects.
The term antlion specifically refers to the larvae, with the adult being a cultural afterthought most of the time. Hence the adults being specifically called 'antlion lacewing' rather than unelaborated antlion.

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Ups, thanks for the comments and the correction, I have changed it.

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Scarodactyl wrote:
Sun Sep 04, 2022 6:03 am
Cvrc wrote:
Sun Sep 04, 2022 1:56 am
I just wanted to correct biology part, antlions are not larvae but they have larval stage in their life when they live in those pits and pray on insects.
The term antlion specifically refers to the larvae, with the adult being a cultural afterthought most of the time. Hence the adults being specifically called 'antlion lacewing' rather than unelaborated antlion.
I study the Neuropteras for 3 years and this is the first time I hear it. Maybe some local name, have you seen it ever been used in science?

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Cvrc wrote:
Sun Sep 04, 2022 8:29 am
I study the Neuropteras for 3 years and this is the first time I hear it. Maybe some local name, have you seen it ever been used in science?
At this moment, Google search on "antlion lacewing" (with the quotes) gives me "About 1,750 results". The first of those is at Queensland Museum in Australia, where they write that
Antlions
Myrmeleon species
Identification
The term antlion refers to the larvae of these lacewings.
Changing the query to plural, "antlion lacewings", returns "About 2,040 results", starting with https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Antlion , which in paragraph 1 writes that
Adults, sometimes known as antlion lacewings, mostly fly at dusk or after dark and may be mistakenly identified as dragonflies or damselflies.
Of course these are not formal scientific publications, and in my limited search I could not find any formal publications that use the term.

I thought I had found one, at https://healthmedicinet.com/chromosome- ... -ancestor/, but when I tracked down the original article at https://zookeys.pensoft.net/article/6655/, I discovered that "antlion lacewings" in fact does not appear in the original, although it does write "Neuroptera (lacewings)" as a reference to the whole order.

Personally I had not heard the term "antlion lacewing" either, before this thread. But now that I have heard it, I suspect that I will use it sometimes when talking with non-specialists. It seems delightfully descriptive, and the search engines know it well enough to let readers track down more info if they want.

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I'm a little late for the party. But had to comment. Beautiful image.
I'm in Canada! Isn't that weird?

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