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Boat traveling into smallest bay in world.
Night approaching at Logan Pass
Rush Hour
Clouds chasing the moon
No longer home
Throwing the fish net in the floating water season
Budajovice, Czech Republic, central square
Rocking chairs to relax
Beach on Easter Island, in the Pacific
Chess on The Grand Hotel porch
Beach on the Pacific Ocean island of Easter Island
The garden's lions
Relaxing at lake's edge
Doll’s Head washes up in a creek in Georgia.
Abandoned bus near a deserted salt mine in the desert, dramatic clouds
Umbrella man
The amazing Natural History Museum in London
abandoned bus near a deserted salt mine in the desesrt in Chile
Hidden deer
Raftsman
Cave mite (Ornithodoros sp.)
abandoned bus near a deserted salt mine in the desert, at sunset
Canal in Utrecht, Netherlands, on a foggy day
15th Annual Smithsonian.com Photo Contest
The garden's lions

So, you’re going to face it? This is an antlion’s larvae. Despite of its name, it is not an ant neither a lion. It is, actually, an insect which belongs to the order Neuroptera, a far relative of beetles. The antlions have four distinct life cycle stages: egg, larvae, pupe and adult. The animal of the photo is a larvae of Myrmeleontidae family, who buries itself on the botton of a conical funnel made in the sand. This funnel is a trap to ants and other little unsuspected insects, which fall in the hole and are immediately perceived and caught by the patient predator. The antlions have huge jaws to capture their preys, and are formidable furtive hunters. The next time you see little funnels on the sand of your garden, take a look anda maybe you can see an amazing predator in action!

TAGS: Brazil, Cave, Macro

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Belo Horizonte, Brazil
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Image Source: digital
Date Taken: 06.2016
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Date Uploaded: Nov. 22, 2017, 5:37 p.m.
Camera Make: Canon
Camera Model: Canon EOS 50D
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