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B. nebulosus interacts with many other species during its life cycle. Antlion larva prey on ants and other insects, but sometimes they are the prey of other animals such as the red-tailed hawk,whooping crane, ground squirrel, and green frog. The larva are rarely preyed upon because they spend little time uncovered and above the surface. The larva are not harmful to humans; because ants are seen as pests, antlion larvae are sometimes beneficial to people.

Antlion adults are rarely seen by people. During the day they sit on a bush or tree to stay unnoticed by the birds that prey on them. The adults are feeble flyers and are unable to outmaneuver their predators. Some are reported to bite people's skin and cause mild pain.

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Since antlions prefer to live in sandy places with a specific kind of prey, many live near freshwater regions. These freshwater regions attract freshwater insects and other organisms that live on the shore. Dragonflies and damselflies often live in the same habitat as antlions. Because of this, many are mistaken for adult antlions.

To learn other interesting facts about antlions, visit the Extra Facts page.