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ant·li·on

or ant lion  (ănt′lī′ən)
n.
Any of various insects of the family Myrmeleontidae, having large-jawed larvae that dig a conical crater in the sand to trap ants and other insects for food.

antlion

(ˈæntˌlaɪən)
n
1. (Animals) Also called: antlion fly any of various neuropterous insects of the family Myrmeleontidae, which typically resemble dragonflies and are most common in tropical regions
2. (Animals) Also called (US): doodlebug the larva of this insect, which has very large jaws and buries itself in the sand to await its prey
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Noun1.antlion - the larva of any of several insectsantlion - the larva of any of several insects
genus Myrmeleon, Myrmeleon - type genus of the Myrmeleontidae: antlions
larva - the immature free-living form of most invertebrates and amphibians and fish which at hatching from the egg is fundamentally unlike its parent and must metamorphose
2.antlion - winged insect resembling a dragonflyantlion - winged insect resembling a dragonfly; the larvae (doodlebugs) dig conical pits where they wait to catch e.g. ants
neuropteran, neuropteron, neuropterous insect - insect having biting mouthparts and four large membranous wings with netlike veins
genus Myrmeleon, Myrmeleon - type genus of the Myrmeleontidae: antlions
Translations
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Sand-dwelling antlions in central Florida are non-invasive, nonendemic organisms that nevertheless thrive in the Florida scrub, a rare xeric ecosystem with a remarkably high rate of endemism (Deyrup 1990).
The larval duration of antlions ranges from three months to two years, depending on the availability of prey (Furunishi & Masaki, 1981, 1982).
Flashes of brilliant purple light up the sky as lilac-breasted rollers perform loop-the-loops, and at ground level, antlions litter the dry soil with conical-shaped booby traps to catch their prey, while white fortified bee eaters ruffle their feathers and take dust baths nearby.
Antlions (Myrmeleontidae) is the biggest and cosmopolitan family of Neuroptera whose larvae have adopted a diversity of predatory strategies.
For example, lucas and Brockmann (1981) studied the predatory behavior of antlions (Myrmeleon crudelis) they fed red-imported fire ants (Solenopsis invicta) and, in two cases, antlion larvae died with fire ants locked onto their mandibles.
Effects of larval antlions Euroleon nostras (Neuroptera, Myrmeleontidae) and their pits on the escape-time of ants.
In a Patch of Fireweed Injecting his great curiosity and by Bernd Heinrich wonder, Heinrich reveals each step Harvard University Press, 1984 of his thinking as he struggles with scientific problems: thermoregulation in moths and bees, aggregation by whirligigs, leaf manipulation by caterpillars, and behavior of dung beetles, antlions, and wasps.
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Bright lights also attract many other types of adult insects, including, but not restricted to, true flies (Diptera), beetles (Coleoptera), wasps (Hymenoptera), nerve-winged insects such as antlions and lacewings (Neuroptera), earwigs (Dermaptera), bugs (Hemiptera and Homoptera), mantids (Mantodea) and grasshoppers, katydids, crickets and mole crickets (Orthoptera).
The predatory larvae construct pit traps in loose soils similar to those of antlions.