The Antlion Pit (click to go home)
About AntlionsEducational ResourcesAntlions in CultureBestiary: Creatures of Myth and Psyche

Advertisements (not necessarily endorsed by The Antlion Pit):

Neotropical Region

Over 130 species of antlions (in 28+ genera) live in the Neotropical Region, which includes Central and South America and the Caribbean.

Zoogeographic locator

Notable species

Vella fallax fallax (Rambur)
Distributed from Mexico to Brazil.

Galapagoleon darwini (Stange)
Found only on the Galapagos Islands.

Representative genera

Abatoleon sp.
The most widespread of New World Myrmecaelurini, with 8 species distributed from southern Texas to Argentina.

Ameromyia sp.
Found in South America east of the Andes.

Dimarella sp.
Found throughout Central and South America.

Eremoleon sp.
18 species from the desert southwest USA through the American tropics.

Glenurus sp.
Eight species distributed throughout the New World.

Myrmeleon sp.
The largest genus of antlions with 158 described species. Cosmopolitan in distribution, although poorly represented in southern South America.

Psammoleon sp.
21 species throughout the desert southwest USA south throughout tropical America.

Vella sp.
Seven species found in southwestern USA; Mexico; and Central and South America.


Arnett, Jr., Ross H. 1985. American Insects: A handbook of the insects of America north of Mexico. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co.

Brooks, S.J. 1997. Myrmeleonidae [sic]. In: Solís, A. (ed.) Las Familias de insectos de Costa Rica. INBio.

Grzimek, Bernard. 1979. Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co.

Penny, Norman D. 1997. Myrmeleontidae Collection Holdings (California Academy of Sciences, Department of Entomology). Web page no longer exists.

Related topics in The Antlion Pit

Related websites

Go back to Zoogeographic locator

larva iconGo home

About AntlionsEducational ResourcesAntlions in CultureBestiary: Creatures of Myth and Psyche

What's New? | Doodlebug Oracle | The Antlion Pit Store | Videos | Awards
FAQ | Terms of Use | Privacy Policy | Contact | Support The Antlion Pit! | Credits

Search :

Antlion Pit: A Doodlebug Anthology —
Copyright © 1996-2020 Mark Swanson. All rights reserved.

Visit Swanson Media