Antlion by AuntDot


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I found this long-winged insect at rest on the outside of my house. It was blending with the tan stucco, so I’ve given it some filter work in Photoshop7 to help set it off better. The original photo is below. It’s official. My bug expert, Michaela has identified this as a kind of Antlion called Distoleon tetragrammicus. She says, “Antlions are found world wide; mainly in arid and desert/sandy areas but are adapting to survive in different conditions all over the world.” Thank you, Michaela!!

Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D, macro setting
1/500s, f/4.5, ISO 100, focal length mm

FEATURED in Superbly Visual, Oct. 1, 2011
FEATURED in Forgotten Florida, Sept. 8, 2011

Original photo:


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Having lived most of my life in the northeast U.S., I am enjoying retired life in sunny Florida. I enjoy photographing many different kinds of things, but especially flowers and animals, including the beautiful birds found here in Florida. I am currently using a Canon EOS Rebel XSi/450D camera, a Canon 55-250 mm telescopic zoom lens, and a Sony P10 Cyber-shot digital camera. My newest acquisition is a Canon PowerShot SX260 HS, a point and shoot which I will be carrying in my purse.

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  • virginian
    virginianabout 3 years ago

    Cool find and processing.

  • Thank you, Judy!

    – AuntDot

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatabout 3 years ago

    Never seen anything like that – damsel flies wings at rest are together behind them rather than like what you have here. Not heard of an antlion either be great to find out what it is – maybe you have a new species – the Dotfly.

  • hardhhhat
    hardhhhatabout 3 years ago

    Just checked out the antlion and that is what this looks like….

    Wiki Antlion

    Wiki Damselfly

    Shame I like the name Dotfly – keep looking :o)

  • I think so, too, Vee. The wings are longer than the body. I think the damselfly’s body would be longer. You learn something new everyday! Maybe there IS a Dotfly out there somewhere!! LOL

    – AuntDot

  • Vee, I also just read that antlions are common in Florida. I don’t know my bugs very well!

    – AuntDot

  • Morag Bates
    Morag Batesabout 3 years ago

    I have no idea what it is Dot, but you have made it look so beautiful. I just love the colours and shine on those delicate little wings. Super work !

  • Thank you, Morag. As you can see from the original photo, it wasn’t the most colorful bug, but the processing brought out its different shapes.

    – AuntDot

  • jwmphotos
    jwmphotosabout 3 years ago

    Awesome treatment Dot!

  • Thanks so much, John! I really appreciate that!

    – AuntDot

  • Noble Upchurch
    Noble Upchurchabout 3 years ago

    As far as I know Dot, it’s a beautiful photograph of an unknown subject!!! Really like the treatment!!!

  • Ha, ha…I’ll take that! Thanks, Noble!

    – AuntDot

  • Debbie Robbins
    Debbie Robbinsabout 3 years ago

    Cool pp work Dot!!! :))))

  • Many thanks, Cookie!

    – AuntDot

  • Susana Weber
    Susana Weberabout 3 years ago

    Have to come back to see if you find out what it is, Dot. Love the lacy wings! Very fancy. I took one on the weekend that looked like an ear of corn! I’ll have to post the little cornbug! lol!!

  • Vee and I both think this is an anlion, Susana, or maybe a “Dotfly.” LOL I’d love to see your cornbug!!!

    – AuntDot

  • Rosalie Scanlon
    Rosalie Scanlonabout 3 years ago

    Beautiful find and capture, it looks like a damsel fly in my Audubon book, however, the wings are not that long in the book image. So, I am not sure either.

  • Thanks Rosie, and thanks for looking it up. The more I read, the more I don’t think it’s a damselfly, but rather an antlion.

    – AuntDot

  • petejsmith
    petejsmithabout 3 years ago

    I think you are correct with antlion, also known as lacewing. I get similar ones around my home in the warmer months. More info HERE

  • Thanks so much for your input, Pete. I’m pretty sure it is an antlion. This has been an education for me.

    – AuntDot

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