This project focuses on assessing antlion abundance and diversity in Tswalu Kalahari’s unique ecosystem; an environment harbouring a rich fauna of antlions and other lacewings of the insect order Neuroptera. The intrusion of the Korannaberg hills into a typical Kalahari dune-field system contributes many habitats in addition to those of the characteristic Kalahari psammophiles (sand-dwellers). Of the 13 families of Neuroptera that occur in South Africa, five have already been recorded at Tswalu, with 28 species already known from the reserve. The project is undertaken by leading neuropteran expert, Prof. Mervyn Mansell, along with Dr. Catherine Sole from the Department of Zoology and Entomology at the University of Pretoria.
For further information, participation and/ or donations please contact Tswalu Management