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Horticulture & Home Pest News is filled with articles on current horticulture, plant care, pest management, and common household pests written by Iowa State University Extension specialists in the Departments of Entomology, Horticulture and Plant Pathology.

Antlions: It's the Pits

This article was published originally on 7/30/2008

Bob Dodds, Lee County Extension Education Director sent in a great photo of one our least-seen, common insects in Iowa: the antlion. Antlions are devious, cold-blooded killers. They make small, conical pits in loose sand in dry, sheltered locations (photo below). Unsuspecting ants that stumble into the pit slide to the bottom and are quickly sucked dry of all body fluids by the larva hiding just under the surface at the bottom of the pit. Here is a link to a fuller description of the antlion. Enjoy! Antlion Larva.  Photo by Bob DoddsAntlion Larva. Photo by Bob Dodds Antlion pits.  Photo by Greg CourtneyAntlion pits. Photo by Greg Courtney

Year of Publication: 
2008
Issue: 
IC-499(14) -- July 30, 2008