Antlion facts: Scariness in the Sand | Animal Fact Files

Antlions are the things of nightmares. Apparently there are people who don't believe these animals exist, but they are absolutely real. Antlions are also known as doodbugs and they build pitfall traps for any would-be passersby insects who are unfortunate enough to fall in. At the center of these perfectly crafted pits are antlion larvae waiting with mandibles open. Now, not all antlions create these pits. Out of approximately 2,000 living there are some who build pit traps, others who remain in leaf litter, and some who also live in holes in trees - they're not all making doom pits. Adult antlions look nothing like their larvae and with a lifespan of only a month as well as a sloppy flight pattern they're nowhere near as imposing. Scientific Name: Family - Myrmeleontidae Range: most of the world; most abundant in warm areas Size: larvae are under an inch (2.54cm); adults can reach 3in (7.62cm) Diet: mostly ants as larvae but also other arthropods, nectar and pollen as adults Lifespan: less than a year up to three years Support the channel on Patreon: You can learn more on: Twitter - Facebook - --- We always do what we can to be as accurate as possible, but we're only human; if you catch a mistake please let us know and provide a link for verification! --- All images, videos and sound effects used herein are 1) public domain, 2) used under a Creative Commons license, 3) used with the express permission of the copyright holder, or 4) used under the parameters of Fair Use law. Credits via Flickr: Mira Mechtley - dotun55 - Mike Lewinski - patrickkavanagh - Jean and Fred - Joshua Tree National Park - Scott Robinson - Credits via Wiki Users: Pristurus -;; Imac.vincent - Other attributions: Peter Kuttner - Larabee F, Suarez A - "Mandible-Powered Escape Jumps in Trap-Jaw Ants Increase Survival Rates during Predator-Prey Encounters". PLOS ONE. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0124871. PMID 25970637. PMC: 4429970. Nederlands Instituut voor Beeld en Geluid; Stichting Natuurbeelden -;; PuzzleAudio - Websites used for research collection: This video is licensed under a CC BY-SA 3.0 license (*. *you can find information about all the different types of CC licenses here: **changes were made to the original Transcript: alugha Click here to see more videos:

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