Nesoleon boschimanus

iew the above photo record (by Alan Manson) in LacewingMAP here.

Myrmeleontidae (Antlions)

Nesoleon boschimanus

(Péringuey, 1910)


Size: Small (Wingspan around 35mm)

A beautiful antlion with rather variable wing markings.

Larvae are unknown.

Nesoleon boschimanus – Near Carnarvon, Northern Cape
Photo by Ryan Tippett
Nesoleon boschimanusNear Carnarvon, Northern Cape
Photo by Ryan Tippett


Nesoleon boschimanus inhabits the open, arid shrublands of the Nama Karoo in flat or hilly terrain. It is also known from dry savanna woodlands of Mpumalanga and Limpopo

Habitat – Near Carnarvon, Northern Cape
Photo by Ryan Tippett


Not much is known about this species. Adults are nocturnal and they are regularly attracted to lights.

Adults are active during summer and have been recorded from October to March.

Larvae: Nothing is known about the larvae of this species.

Nesoleon boschimanus– Bushmanskloof, Western Cape
Photo by Zenobia van Dyk

Status and Distribution

Nesoleon boschimanus is fairly common and widespread in Southern Africa. In South Africa it is most numerous in the dry west. Its range extends into Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia.

Distribution of Nesoleon boschimanus. Taken from the LacewingMAP database, November 2022.


Order: Neuroptera Family: Myrmeleontidae Subfamily: Myrmeleontinae Tribe: Nesoleontini Genus: Nesoleon Species: boschimanus

Nesoleon boschimanus – Bushmanskloof, Western Cape
Photo by Zenobia van Dyk

Further Resources

Virtual Museum (LacewingMAP > Search VM > By Scientific or Common Name)


The use of photographs by 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. Nesoleon boschimanus. Biodiversity and Development Institute, Cape Town.
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