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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Lacewing / Antlion

Sometimes called 'doodlebugs' - This antlion is the larvae of the Speckled Forest Lacewings (Ankylopteryx) and was not easy to get a photograph of as they disappear so easily once you start digging into their cone-shaped nest. Please go to Jonkers post to see what it looks like. The sides are built at a 45 degree angle and once the ant falls in, he cannot get out again. The larvae is extremely small, about 2-3mm.
Lacewing larvae are carnivorous and differ in appearance and habit, but all have elongated mouthparts modified for sucking out the fluids of their prey.
Their anus is sealed so that waste products of their diet can be stored until excreted as a white pellet after emergence.

They spin a spherical cocoon for pupation. Please check out Jonkers blog for a great icture of the cone-shape burrow they make with which they catch ants.

16 comments:

Mary said...

Sort of a "beauty and the beast" bug. Definitely looks better wtih it's wings.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Joan: The Dr. Jeckle / Mr. Hyde of the bug world. They are pretty as a flyer.

Becky and Gary said...

Nasty looking bugs, but so dainty are those wings. How interesting. Joan you find the best insects!
B.

Rambling Woods said...

I too like the wings better ...I didn't know that a doodle bug was a real bug..Now I know... Michelle

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Much prettier too Mary. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Tom. Yes, they would make great ones. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Becky. We have such interesting ones here and I am pleased to always get a series like this.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

LOL!! We live and learn every day Michelle.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

Very weird creatures, and great photography :)

Love Is In The Air, Love Is In Nature

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Bhavesh.

JM said...

This is amazing!

P.S.1 - Kalanchoes are african succulents, don't know any specific habitat though...

P.S.2 - I did photograph the mosque windows, but pictures came out very bad...

Firefly said...

I spent a week at Cannon Rocks feeding the antlions without them coming out their holes. Am actually going to post some antlion hole pics next week. I will have to link to this post to show how they look.

I want to get your cell number to perhaps give you and Gaylen a call after she arrive. Won't you mail it to me? fireflyafrica@telkomsa.net

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Jose. Much appreciate the into on the Kalanchoe too. I thought they might be but we have so many imported plants it is hard to tell which is native to SA nowdays.

What a pity about the window pics. Is is most annoying when that happens.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You are welcome Jonker. They are quite easy to dig out but the problem is they are as sall as a match hed and look just like the soil so are VERY difficult to spot.

I have sent you the phone number. Maybe we can do lunch if I get up there with her.

Anna said...

Joan there are so many bugs I have not seen yet, and probably wouldn't want the to visit me here in my house, lol. Thanks for taking me through your insect journey, it is real fun to learn more. Anna :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

You are welcome Anna. I am sure they are around your house you have just not noticed them yet. :)