Location: southeastern Washington state
July 22, 2013 4:35 pm
Hi there! My son and I have been visiting this site ever since he started showing interest in bugs (he LOVES them). We looked over your site trying to identify this one and the closest we came was an antlion (unless we missed something…there are a lot of bugs!). Were we right? This guy was nearly three inches long, and appeared on the exterior wall of our house in July. Thanks!
Signature: M. Conway
Dear M. Conway,
You are correct that this is an Antlion, and we believe we have correctly identified the species as Myrmeleon exitialis based on photos posted to BugGuide and this statement on the genus page of BugGuide: “6 eastern and 5 western spp.; M. exitialis is the only one that ranges into Canada.” BugGuide also notes: “the only genus in our area whose larvae make the funnel-shaped pits.”