Kruger National Park

Small Five – Little Lion

The Antlion forms part of the small five. Have you ever heard of a “doodlebug”? If you have then you’ve already heard of the Antlion’s larvae.
2,000 different species of Antlion are spread throughout the world but not all species build sand traps. The adult Antlions can reach a length of 4 cm and their larvae can grow 1.2 cm in length.
Their habitat is dry sandy areas where they can dig their pits. Antlion larvae are predatory -and use their pits to capture unsuspecting ants – while the adult stage feeds on nectar and pollen. The adult’s abdomen is long and slender with multi-veined wings; they have been said to resemble dragonflies


Written by: Tersha van Staden