Lacewings and Antlions

Blue Eyes Lacewing or Giant Orange Lacewing – Nymphes myrmeleonides

Blue Eyes Lacewing or Giant Orange Lacewing – Nymphes myrmeleonides

This photo taken from a mobile phone on Cave Break on the Western side of the Plunkett reserve demonstrates the large size of this lacewing on an Acacia leaf.

This species of lacewing is among the largest varieties of lacewings and this sometimes leads to them being mistaken as dragonflies.

The Blue Eyes Lacewing’s larvae are predatory carnivores (antlion like) and live beneath leaf litter. They can be seen between October and March in adult form.

Myrmeleon pictifrons – Antlion

Antlion – Myrmeleon pictifrons

This species can also be seen flying around the heath at Plunkett in season.

The larvae from this species are the common, pit-forming antlions found in loose soil around Brisbane. The sand at Plunkett would be most suitable for this species and there is no shortage of ants to prey on.

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