For the identification of insects and other fauna and flora of South Africa: please click on the following links:
Insects and related species: Antlions - Ants - Bees - Beetles - Bugs - Butterflies, Moths and Caterpillars - Centipedes and Millipedes - Cockroaches - Crickets - Dragonflies and Damselflies - Grasshoppers and Katydids - Mantis - Stick Insects - Ticks and Mites - Wasps - Woodlice
Plants, Trees, Flowers: (Note: Unless plants fall into a specific species such as Cacti, they have been classified by their flower colour to make them easier to find) Bonsai - Cacti, Succulents, Aloes, Euplorbia - Ferns and Cycads - Flowers - Fungi, Lichen and Moss - Grass - Trees
Animals, Birds, Reptiles etc.: Animals, Birds, Fish and Crabs - Frogs - Lizards - Scorpions - Snails and Slugs - Snakes - Spiders - Tortoise, Turtles and Terrapins - Whipscorpions
Other photography: Aeroplanes - Cars and Bikes - Travel - Sunrise - Water drops/falls - Sudwala and Sterkfontein Caves etc.

Videos: YouTube

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Antlion

They are the biggest of the lacewing species of which we have about 125 in South Africa.


This is to show you how thin he is as he is on a very narrow grass stem.

4 comments:

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Are not these the guys who bury their larva in a con shaped hole in the sand? We used to twiddle a piece of grass in the hole to see if the larva thought it was a small insect. Have a good week. Diane

Gaelyn said...

Great macros, once again. There is an antlion in the SW that looks very different and also does the cone hole in the sand.

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Yes Diane they are. I see the children still twirling grass in them. :)

SAPhotographs (Joan) said...

Thanks Gaelyn. Antlions/lacewings come in a variety of colours, sizes and wing patterns but the larvae all make the same cone holes. :)