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Size: Small (Wingspan around 44mm)
Myrmeleon doralice is an attractive yellow, grey and black antlion. The wings are clear and slightly iridescent.
Larvae: The larvae are small and pinkish with relatively slender heads.
M. doralice can be found in a wide variety of habitat types but favours dry savannas and arid Karoo shrublands.
Adults are active during the summer months from November to May.
This species is readily attracted to lights.
Members of the genus Myrmeleon are considered to be the most primitive antlions.
The larvae walk backwards and are typical pit-builders. The pits are frequently located out in the open.
Status and Distribution
Myrmeleon doralice is Common and widespread throughout southern Africa, particularly in the drier regions. Beyond South Africa it is known to occur in Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Kenya.
Order: Neuroptera Family: Myrmeleontidae Subfamily: Myrmeleontinae Tribe: Myrmeleontini (Pit-trapping Antlions) Genus: Myrmeleon Species: doralice
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The use of photographs by Dewald du Plessis, J. du Plooy and Zenobia van Dyk is acknowledged. This species text has benefited enormously from comments made by Mervyn Mansell on records he has identified in LacewingMAP. We acknowledge his important contribution.
Recommended citation format for this species text:
Tippett RM 2022. Myrmeleon doralice. Biodiversity and Development Institute, Cape Town.
Available online at http://thebdi.org/2022/11/10/myrmeleon-doralice/