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Ant Lion

Ant Lion
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Copyright: Arjun Haarith (Arjun) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-05-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Sigma 100-300 f/4 EX HSM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-17 10:02
Viewed: 4095
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Antlions are a family of insects in the order Neuroptera with the scientific name Myrmeleontidae (sometimes misspelled as "Myrmeleonidae"); 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".

The antlion larva is often called "doodlebug" in North America because of the odd winding, spiralling trails it leaves in the sand while looking for a good location to build its trap, as these trails look like someone has doodled in the sand. It is also sometimes called sand dragon.

Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Subphylum: Hexapoda
Class: Insecta
Subclass: Pterygota
Infraclass: Neoptera
Superorder: Endopterygota or Neuropterida
Order: Neuroptera
Suborder: Myrmeleontiformia
Superfamily: Myrmeleontoidea
Family: Myrmeleontidae

I was waiting to get a picture of this insect in open wings, but it did not fulfill my wish :)

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  • kanu (5)
  • [2009-07-17 10:10]

Very well captured image !!!! i think i have seen its larvae snap on tn posted by milind . anyways nice work with detailed sharpness and well diagonaly composed. thanbks for sharing.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2009-07-17 10:11]

Hi Arjun. Once again you have taken a well focused close up of an insect. The detail is first class as with the colour. I like the pose on the single grass .Well done TFs.

Have a nice weekend.

Wow Dude! that is one impressive ant. Not sure if I could sleep or more than camp anywhere near this puppy...a VERY good presentation on the diagonal. A perfect perch...better than my leg:-) good addition and fine notes.

Young Arjun,
Very detailed.
EXCELLENT clarity.
Love the diagonaled composition!!!
Mario wising you & your beloved family,नमस्ते

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