Surveys are direct knowledge from the natural conditions and it is the most reliable results rather than gathering from imitated artificial conditions. Hence a survey was done for understanding the diversity of antlion prey by analysing its prey remnants. It was very difficult and time consuming at the time of identification because the remnants after sucking the body juice only present inside the pit. The collection of antlion prey was made from January 2016-July 2016. Six varieties of antlion prey were found, which include four insect orders, one spider and millipede. A total of 74 prey remnants were collected from various locations of the different geographical regions, it is found that Hymenopterans are the most preferred prey of antlion, which include mostly ants. Antlion larvae also seen inside the pits, they were considered as the larvae which are not survived at that area. Coleopterans, in spite of its hard exoskeleton, are also preferred by antlion larvae.
Anila K et al., An Assessment of Antlion Prey, By Analyzing Its Prey Remnants Inside Pits In Selected Districts of Kerala. Int J Recent Sci Res. 7(10), pp. 13782-13786.