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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
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
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 roads at Archbold Biological Station therefore provide an opportunity to observe and collect larger numbers of antlion larvae than may be found in natural foliage gaps.
Additionally, one can see the Marine 5 (sharks, dolphins, seals, whales and penguins), Shy 5 (meerkat, aardvark, porcupine, aardwolf and bat-eared fox) and Little 5 (elephant shrew, buffalo weaver, leopard tortoise, antlion and rhino beetle).
Reclassification of the New World antlion genera formerly included in the tribe Brachynemurini (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae).
The study was conducted in the months of May to August in 2009, 2010 and 2011 with a view to determining certain behavioral features in the larvae of antlion Myrmeleon formicarius Linnaeus, 1767 in forest and non-forest (including sandy, grassland, scrub, and rangeland) areas 28 localities of Kahramanmaras.
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.
Up from any well-trodden pathway might come giant antlion jaws, and then we are gone.
There are creatures never illustrated before, such as the giant West African antlion and the Fruhstorfer's giant dobsonfly.
The antlion kicked dirt out of the cave further loosening the dirt under the ant's feet.
That's a hungry antlion that is just about to latch on to its prey: an ant.