Location: St Hedwig, TX
November 11, 2011 12:38 pm
During a shed building project this appeared. It was mid-August and the middle of a drought with temps hitting 100+ every day. It alighted on a telephone pole we had just set as a corner post. The creosote apparently didn’t bother it. It was about 2.5 in or so long. What is it?
We’re outside San Antonio, TX in a farming community.
This magnificent creature is an adult Antlion in the genus Vella which we identified on BugGuide. We aren’t certain of the species and both similar looking species represented on BugGuide are found in Texas. Many folks are familiar with the larvae of Antlions which are commonly called Doodlebugs.