Palpares libelluloides

Palpares libelluloides is a species of antlion in the genus Palpares belonging to the family Myrmeleontidae . It is found across Southern Europe.

Palpares libelluloides
Antlion (Palpares libelluloides).jpg
Pletvar, North Macedonia
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Neuroptera
Family: Ascalaphidae
Genus: Palpares
P. libelluloides
Binomial name
Palpares libelluloides
(Linnaeus, 1764)
  • Myrmeleon libelluloides (Linnaeus, 1764)
  • Myrmeleon libelluloides nigriventris Costa, 1855
  • Myrmeleon nordmanni Kolenati, 1846
  • Palpares chrysopterus Navas, 1910
  • Palpares libelluloides nigripes Navas, 1912
  • Hemerobius libelluloides Linnaeus, 1764



Palpares libelluloides has a relatively large wingspan of more than 10 centimetres (3.9 in). The very broad wings are mottled dark brown. The males can be recognized by their long, delicate genital appendages.

The day-and night-active imagos can be observed from May to September. Their flight is usually short and close to the ground.

The specific name libelluloides means "dragonfly-like" (cf the dragonfly genus Libellula).


This species is widespread in the Mediterranean regions and it is mainly present in Albania, Bulgaria, France, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Romania, Spain and Turkey. It can be found in thickets and rocky slopes up to about 1000 meters above sea level.


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