Welcome To AntlionFarms.com!

Hi, My name is Artie!

I am an ant lion, and I’ll be your host on AntlionFarms.com. If you are wanting to learn all about ant lions and purchase ant lion kits then you have come to the right place.

What is an antlion you ask? 
I’m not an ant, and I’m not a lion. Have you ever heard of a “doodlebug”? A doodlebug is actually an ant lion in the larval or baby stage. We get the name antlion because we are voracious predators of ants and other insects.

Do antlions make good pets?
Antlions are some of the coolest insects around. When you have an ant lion for a pet, you get a front row seat to one of nature’s wildest battles. It’s Survival of the Fittest, Baby! And antlions rule! Antlions are not only entertaining, but also very educational. You can learn about how insects think, learn, and respond to their environment. If you are looking for a pet that is easy to keep and entertaining for the whole family, then maybe ant lions are for you!


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A Few Words About Us

Ian Skelley has been providing customers with ant lions for 20 years.

Ian originally started with the idea of selling ant lion zen gardens on Ebay. The goal was to expose people to the wonderful world of the ant lion. Since the beginning, we have had customers such as the Smithsonian, colleges, and grade schools. People have even written books about our ant lions.

What started as a fun little project has turned into a small family business.  A few years ago, his nephew Hudson and niece Jenna began working with him.  Today they run most of the day-to-day operations of the business.  Their goal is to help you have the best experience with your ant lions!

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Michael R Michael R wrote on January 9, 2007 at 6:09 am
Hello, I am an 8th grade student doing a science fair project about Ant Lions. We will be testing if Antlions will be able to trap prey in soil thus making it a natural garden pesticide. This site is awsome to see, and I can't wait for my antlions to arrive. Thanks, Yours truly, Michael and Tony
DM Pastor and Blue the Dingo DM Pastor and Blue the Dingo wrote on November 24, 2006 at 3:41 am
Wow... I had only just explained to my mom what all of those "holes" in the ground were when I decided to find a photo of the Antlions...I came to the most righteous place! Safari on you Ant Lion hunters!
William S. Safer William S. Safer wrote on July 11, 2006 at 5:06 am
The ant lions are beyond belief! My ant lions made pits quickly and have eaten many ants and other insects. I purchased a set for my 4 year old nephew and he loves them, along with his 2 year old brother. They have fun finding insects to feed them! I even gave a set to the local library and they set them up in the Children's Library Section. They are not seen anything like them. We do not have ant lions in New England, so they are a real treat to see and interact with. My lions toss sand at the ant to drive it down the pit to it's waiting jaws! Great Stuff!!
Dianne Dianne wrote on June 5, 2006 at 9:39 am
I just learned about ant lions today. We have lots of pits way in our back yard but never thought what they were. A friend visiting told us what they were and lo and behold, she showed us an ant lion at the bottom of the pit! I then went online and found your site. I can't believe how interesting these little bugs are! To think they eat ants! Incredible.
Sandy Ward Sandy Ward wrote on October 20, 2004 at 4:54 am
Message: I am a science teacher in a Catholic school (Ascension School in Baltimore, maryland) and ordered a set of antlions through Earth's Birthday Project. My 6th, 7th, and 8th graders have found them fascinating. I too find myself watching these little critters whenever the students are doing quiet seatwork. Antlions are so ugly that they're actually cute.