~ The Handbook of the Man of Fashion, by the author of “Etiquette for Gentlemen”, 1847
natureconservancy: Can you spot the antlion?
The antlion digs a cone-shaped hole in the soil and then buries itself beneath the point of the cone with only its fearsome mandibles showing. When an unwary creature ventures too near the edge of the pit, it slips in the loose soil and falls down the slope toward the antlion. The antlion gives the poor creature a paralyzing bite and then sucks the juices out of it. If the antlion misses with its first bite or the creature manages to stop its slide down the slope, the antlion throws soil at it and knocks it back down toward its doom. Read more.
That sounds like a truly evil creature to us!
Come along to our harvest festival this October 1st!
It will be free and open to the public, with many different crafts and demonstrations!
Combahee Plantation in the Ace Basin, South Carolina
Circa 1820s home