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An organism, such as a beetle, that habitually lives in the nest of an ant colony.

myr′me·coph′i·lous (-kŏf′ə-ləs) adj.
myr′me·coph′i·ly (-kŏf′ə-lē) n.


(Zoology) an animal that lives in a colony of ants
myrmecophilous adj
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Noun1.myrmecophile - an organism such as an insect that habitually shares the nest of a species of ant
organism, being - a living thing that has (or can develop) the ability to act or function independently
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Myrmecophile insects associated with some ant species (Hymenoptera-Formicidae) in Egypt.
The presence and number of ant dealate females, alate females, males, workers, cocoons, and larvae, as well as the presence of any adult myrmecophile (especially eucharitid parasitoids), were recorded.
Influence of ants (Hymenoptera: Formicidae) on honeydew excretion and escape behaviors in a myrmecophile, Dalbulus quinquenotatus (Hemiptera: Cicadellidae), and its congeners.