Ant-Lion

This video captured by Texas Wild, introduces you to the Ant-Lion. An insect that is quite common, but not easily recognized due to its changing appearance during each  stage of its life cycle. The Ant-Lion begins as a larvae, also known as doodlebugs, that create a cone shaped pit for prey capture. The larvae builds the pit by crawling backwards throwing  out sand by tossing its head back. The name doodlebugs comes from the marks left in the sand from the larvae as its crawls through the sand looking for a location to dig its pit. Once in the pit, the larvae burrows down to the bottom and waits for  prey to crawl by. The sides of the pit are constructed to the verge of collapse, making it almost impossible for the prey to crawl out once they have slide down into the pit.  The size of prey will  increases as the larvae matures. The larvae will build larger pits in order to  accommodate large prey size. The larvae will mature into an adult ant lion, after emerging  from  a cocoon made of sand.

6 thoughts on “Ant-Lion

  1. Interesting video and written comments. Thanks for encouraging me to become more aware of the “little things and little creatures.”

  2. a bit of trivia for you ,,, the ant lion larvae was used in the movie Star Trek: Wrath of Khan where they extracted a worm from under an armor platelet on the ant lion to put in the ear of one of the captive Trekkers for torture …

      • as a kid growing up in Amarillo my brothers and I would scoop them out with a table spoon and we’d watch them fight ,,, they were always found under the dutch Elms in the old San Jacinto area of Amarillo

    • AHH!! That is so cool, I love movie trivia. We reference this movie and several others like it in discussions during my audio class. Of course, we focus on the novel techniques used to capture audio by the sound crew, which makes me respect the movie even more.

      -Jessie Story

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