- This page contains pictures and information about Common Brown Antlions that
we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Body length 40mm
adults are brown in colour with slender body and grey eyes.
Antennae are black,
short and slightly clubbed at the tip, clean wings with brown venation and white pterostigma
with dark spot at base.
Legs are dark brown.
- Pictures taken
near Bulimba Creek in Wishart during late summer 2005. Although it has two pair of
membranous wings like the dragonfly,
this Antlion adult flied slowly and short
Sand traps, diameters 40mm
Photo thank to Trevor Jinks
- Their larvae are true Antlions, build sand traps on ground. More
information about antlion's sand trap can be found in this Lacewing
- We wrongly identified this species as Myrmeleon pictifrons,
corrected to Myrmeleon acer on Jun 2012.
- 1. Insects
of Australia, CSIRO, Division of Entomology, Melbourne University
Press, 2nd Edition 1991, p 541.
- 2. Insects of Australia and New Zealand - R. J. Tillyard, Angus &
Robertson, Ltd, Sydney, 1926, p323.
- 3. Wildlife
of greater Brisbane - Queensland Museum, p100.
- 4. A
revision of the Australian Myrmeleontidae (Insecta: Neuroptera). I.
New, T.R. (1985) Introduction, Myrmeleontini, Protoplectrini. Aust. J.
Zool. Suppl. 104: 1-90
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