Ant Lion, Giant Adult (Lacewing)

This spindly insect, borne aloft on four delicate wings, snaps its mandibles in obvious hunger.

Giant Adult Ant Lion CR 6

XP 2,400
N Huge vermin
Init +3; Senses darkvision 60 ft.; Perception +0


AC 19, touch 11, flat-footed 16 (+8 armor*, +3 Dex, -2 size)
hp 85 (10d8+40)
Fort +11, Ref +6, Will +3
Immune mind-affecting effects


Speed 30 ft., fly 60 ft. (good)
Melee bite +12 (2d8+10)
Space 15 ft.; Reach 10 ft.


Str 24, Dex 16, Con 19, Int —, Wis 11, Cha 10
Base Atk +7; CMB +16; CMD 29 (37 vs. trip)
Skills Fly +7

Editor’s Note

It is doubtful that this creature wears armor, thus the armor bonus in the stat block is likely meant to be natural armor.


Environment warm deserts
Organization solitary or cloud (2-12)
Treasure none

When a giant ant lion reaches maturity, it creates a cocoon of sand and dirt around itself. Over the course of a month, the ant lion undergoes a dramatic metamorphosis—when it emerges, its body has become elongated and thin and it has gained a set of enormous, lacy wings. Depending on the region, giant adult ant lions are often called giant lacewings, giant damselflies, or giant spindleflies, but regardless of their regional name, they remain ravenous and deadly, replacing the sand trap cunning of their larval form with swift flight and greater battlefield mobility.

Section 15: Copyright Notice

Pathfinder Roleplaying Game Bestiary 3, © 2011, Paizo Publishing, LLC; Authors Jesse Benner, Jason Bulmahn, Adam Daigle, James Jacobs, Michael Kenway, Rob McCreary, Patrick Renie, Chris Sims, F. Wesley Schneider, James L. Sutter, and Russ Taylor, based on material by Jonathan Tweet, Monte Cook, and Skip Williams.
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