The adult of the ‘antlion’ is very similar to the damsel fly in colour and shape, but the lacewing has very dark, obvious antennae and their wing patterns differ.
There are around 250 species of these lacewings.
This lacewing is not a very good flyer. Commonly called an antlion lacewing although it is the larvae that is the antlion.
The larvae can grow to 10 mm and are a brownish colour which matches the sand they hide in. I don’t know if they are a different colour in other sands. They create funnels in fine sand that small insects fall into and can’t climb back out of. The barrel-shaped antlion, with its immense jaws, waits just below the surface.
Adult size: up to 40 mm