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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: 2007-10-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix L5
Exposure: f/2.9
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-12-12 9:22
Viewed: 4362
Points: 34
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Antlions are a family of insects in the order Neuroptera, classified as Myrmeleontidae (sometimes spelled as Myrmeleonidae), from the Greek "myrmex", meaning "ant", and "leo(n)", meaning "lion"; the most known genus is Myrmeleo. Strictly speaking the term antlion applies to the larval form of the members of this family. Antlions are worldwide in distribution, most common in arid and sandy habitats, and can be fairly small to very large (wingspan range of 2-15 cm). Antlions are omnivorous. The antlion larvae eat ants and other insects, while the adult antlion eats pollen and nectar.

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

The adult antlion has two pairs of long, narrow, multi-veined wings in which the apical veins enclose regular oblong spaces, and a long, slender abdomen. Although they greatly resemble dragonflies or damselflies, they belong to an entirely different order of insects. Antlions are easily distinguished from damselflies by their longer, prominent, apically clubbed antennae and different pattern of wing venation. They also are very feeble fliers and are normally found fluttering about in the night, in search of a mate. The adult is rarely seen in the wild because it is typically active only in the evening.

Kingdom: Animalia

Phylum: Arthropoda

Class: Insecta

Order: Neuroptera

Superfamily: Myrmeleontoidea

Family: Myrmeleontidae

This insect usually appears with closed wings,but to my luck,I got to see the insect with opened wings that day.

Thank you,

nglen, valy67, accassidy, jrobertop, NinaM, haraprasan, earthtraveler, oscarromulus, anel, Debz, pablominto has marked this note useful
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Dear Arjun, Wow, This is beautiful, very well positioned and well done. Nice details good illustrative picture of antlion. TFS. with best regards.vab.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-12-12 9:39]

Hi Arjun.This is a beautiful looking insect. you have captured the wings so well with fine detail and natural colours. a good POV/DOF. well done TFS. good notes too.

Arjun, Very brilliant picture. Never seen Ant-lion in such glory. I wish the background were clearer.
- Murali Santhanam

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  • batu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
  • [2007-12-12 11:43]

Hello Arjun,
you professionally show the beauty and the chracteristics of this insect. It is well shown in spite of the 'difficult background.
Best wishes, Peter

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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-12-12 11:55]

Hello Arjun !
Yoi have captured a very interesting insect here ! Excellent details, nice natural colors, beautiful light, beautiful composition and POV, and an excellent blurred BG. I really ike the patterns of the wings, I have never seen anything like that before. Very well done !

Hi Arjun,
Fascinating subject, with very intricate wing structures, well displayed by your excellent macro shot. The lighting is well handled and the subject still shows well despite the rather busy background. So much like a dragon fly, but yet different in so many ways. Thanks for posting.

Hello Arjun,
Simply marvellous!
Wonderful shot, very well detailed.
Excellent coloration and sharpness.
Congratulations for the splendid work.
Thanks for sharing!
Josť Roberto

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  • NinaM Gold Star Critiquer [C: 773 W: 3 N: 1157] (4077)
  • [2007-12-12 18:10]

Hi Arjun, great note and most of all, beautiful capture of a beautiful insect. I love the wings spreaded like that, we can see its intricate beauty. Perfect POV and DOF, great colours, simply fascinating. Thank you!


Hello Arjun,
Perfect sharpness on this captured of yours
the exposure and focus is spot on with beautiful colouration!
well done and TFS

Hi Arjun,
A beautiful capture of this ant lion. Very good details and composition. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Fasinating catch. I like the unique color of this antlion.
Best regards,

Hi Arjun,
Fine image of this Antlion. First time I have seen it.
The wing detail is quite interesting and you have done well with the focus. A tad larger DOF and it would be perfect.
Very good POV and excellent note.

नमस्ते , Arjun,
What a lot of EXCEPTIONAL talent you have.
Have you ever thought of "creating" slide shows with your great imaging?
May I do one for you with "your" photos? In your honour, dedicated to you? If you agree I'll put something together & send it to you.
Have a wonderful weekend,
Mario from Calgary.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-12-15 5:06]

Hello Arjun,
I missed tis spectacular shot of an antlion. You have been very lucky to see it with the wings open which allows us to see so well the patterns on them. I like Neuropteras a lot. Bravo for this picture.

Hello Arjun
so beauty so fantastic shape of wings
it's a very interesting capture

best sERGIO

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-12-15 9:40]

Hi Arjun, this is a magnificent insect. The markings and decor on the wings are beautiful. You have captured it very well indeed, all is pin sharp and with good light and magnificent detail. Very nice compostion and interesting note.

Hello Arjun,
You have captured some fine and interesting details in this strange insect!
Excellent macro work and a great note, all together most educational!
Pablo -

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