Euroleon nostras

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Euroleon nostras
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Neuroptera
Family: Myrmeleontidae
Genus: Euroleon
Species: E. nostras
Binomial name
Euroleon nostras
(Fourcroy, 1785)

Euroleon nostras is an antlion found over most of Europe.[1] Adults may reach up to 30 mm long, with a wingspan of 70 mm.[2] Larvae require dry sandy soil, close to vertical sandy ledges that help adults emerge. The adults need tall, isolated Scots pine trees nearby, where mating takes place.[2]

United Kingdom[edit]

E. nostras is an extremely rare insect in Britain,[3] known only from the Minsmere area of the Suffolk coast and Holkham National Nature Reserve in Norfolk.[4]


  1. ^ Niels Schulz. "Ameisenjungfer" (in German). 
  2. ^ a b "Suffolk ant-lion (Euroleon nostras)". ARKive. 
  3. ^ Colin W. Plant (Summer 1997). "British Ant Lions … again". Neuro News 20. 
  4. ^ "Antlion larvae colony thriving at Norfolk reserve". BBC Norfolk. 17 October 2011. Retrieved 29 July 2014.