Ant-lions in Guernsey
The next year many larval pits were found in Herm & Guernsey and in 2000 in Sark. The map shows where they have been found so far in the Bailiwick, and where apparently suitable places (South facing areas with dusty soil protected by overhangs), have not got larval pits. We are keeping track of when the ant lion pits appear in these areas. In 2004 they were first found in the north of the island at the Vale Castle and in 2005 a second site in the north was discovered at Paradis.
Ant-lions have recently been found in Suffolk in England, and these have been of great interest to naturalists. A search of the web using Euroleon nostras Suffolk will produce several articles and see Plant (1998).
Austin, R. 1998. Entomology Section Report for 1997. Transactions of La Société Guernesiaise 23: 194-200.
Le Quesne, W. J. 1948. Lacewings, Mayflies & allied orders in Jersey. Bull. a. Soc. jersiaise 14: 427-430.
Plant, C.W. 1998. Investigations into the distribution, status and ecology of the Ant-lion Euroleon nostras (Geoffroy in Fourcroy, 1785) (Neuroptera:Myrmeleontidae) in England during 1997. Suffolk Natural History 34.
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