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Antlion Films, Videos, and Photographs
Documentary and educational films/videos/DVDs
Safari (USA, 2005)
and directed by Mark Swanson (editor of this Web site), this
educational DVD explores
the habitat, behavior, and life cycle of pit-digging antlions through documentary
footage, time-lapse sequences, and close-up photography. An excerpt from this
DVD was featured on the television program Animal
Planet Report on the Animal Planet cable channel in spring 2006. 1 hr, 26 mins (includes a 15-minute core
program ideal for classroom screening). Originally published by Swanson Media. Out of print.
- Un bandit de grands chemins: la larve de fourmi-lion [A Highway
Bandit: The Antlion Larva] (France, 1912)
Produced by Pathé Frères,
Paris (s.a. Thepa). 11 mins. Also released in German as Der Ameisenlöwe (The
Antlion), from the series "Wissenschaft und Natur: Leben der Insekten" ("Science
and Nature: The Life of Insects"). Perhaps the first film ever made about antlions.
nostras (Myrmeleonidae) (Germany, 2005)
Short film documents antlion pit digging, prey capture, and adult emergence.
Produced by Hasso Kuczka, Norbert Kaschek, Klaus Kohlhage, and Jürgen
Weiss. 15 mins. More information available from filmarchives online (Deutsches Filminstitut, Germany). This video is a compilation of two previously-released
films, available separately:
nostras (Myrmeleonidae)Schlüpfen der Imago [Euroleon
nostras (Myrmeleonidae)Adult Eclosion]
nostras (Myrmeleonidae)Trichterbau und Beuteerwerb [Euroleon
Construction and Capture of Prey]
- Hidden Worlds: "Sand Between the Toes" (USA, 1996)
A nature program produced for the Public
Broadcasting System (PBS). This episode looks at sand and the creatures that
live in or on it, from doodlebugs to legless skinks to camels.
León [Antlion] (Uruguay, 1952)
Short film about antlion larvae predation behavior. Produced by Rodolfo V. Talice,
Universidad Montevideo, Instituto de Cinematografía. 12 1/2
mins. In Spanish. More information available from filmarchives online (Deutsches Filminstitut, Germany).
- Kratts' Creatures "Ultimate Animals: Big
Five, Little Five" (USA, 1996)
The premiere episode of Kratts'
Creatures, a children's
nature program originally broadcast on PBS,
featured several South African animals, including antlions. Created by Martin
Kratt, Chris Kratt and Leo Eaton. Produced by Paragon Entertainment Corporation
in association with Maryland Public Television and The Earth Creatures Company.
Available only on VHS tape.
von Ameisenlöwe und Ameisenjungfer (Euroleon nostras) [Habits
of the Ant Lion Euroleon nostras] (Germany, 1991)
Short film about antlion behavior from larva to adult phase. In German. Produced
by Norbert Kaschek and Klaus Kohlhage. 19 1/2 mins. More information available from filmarchives online (Deutsches Filminstitut, Germany).
- Lions of the African Night (USA, 1987)
Includes a section on African antlions. Written, produced and photographed by David and Carol Hughes. Edited by Barry Nye. Music by Mike Trim, Helen Hurden. Narrated by Richard Kiley. Produced by the National Geographic Society and WQED/Pittsburgh. 60 mins. Available on DVD.
- Myrmeleon (Serbia, 1993)
Directed by Peter Lalovic. Produced by Denavue Film. Winner of the "Special
Award from the Jury" at the 1993 Japan Wildlife Film Festival. Availability unknown.
- Antlion: Photographs by Mark Swanson
This photo book by Mark Swanson features 13 close-up images of antlions (larva and adult). Originally published by Swanson Media. Out of print.
- Antlions, Lacewings & Kin (Neuroptera)
Swanson Media has a large collection of antlion images (larva and adult) available for purchase as photo prints or licensing for commerical or editorial uses.