These Insects Are the Pits!

By Wendy Lanier This summer, while you’re out running around, keep an eye out for peculiar inverted cones in loose soil like these. They are often found near anthills. Sometimes the anthills look very similar, but ant mounds are above the ground like this. These strange looking indentions are not the work of aliens. They are traps set by the  larval stage of an insect known as an antlion.  Antlion pits are designed to catch ants  and other unsuspecting insects that fall into them. Once the insect victim falls into the  trap, the antlion seizes it with its long mandibles. After a brief struggle the antlion pulls  the victim under the soil to suck out all its body fluids. The empty carcass is then flicked  out of the pit.   The antlion’s life cycle...

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