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n.1.(Zool.) A neuropterous insect, the larva of which makes in the sand a pitfall to capture ants, etc. The common American species is Myrmeleon obsoletus, the European is Myrmeleon formicarius.
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, published 1913 by G. & C. Merriam Co.
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In a cloud of sand the Ant-lion tumbled out, and, quick as lightning, the Snork popped a Dictionary of Outlandish Words on top.
Ant-lion (Neuroptera, Myrmeleontidae) larvae are predators that use the tactics of ambush for catching their preys.
"O Que Passa" was published in 2006, comprising a 30-minute film in English and Portuguese versions, on Amazonian butterflies in Brazil, but also including scenes of giant otters, a jaguar, bees, beetles, spiders, and an ant-lion.
There are some great touches.The Striders and the bit where you use a squeaky toy to control killer ant-lion thingies.The gravity gun that lifts and throws things, the rattling drainpipe in Ravenholm which is a puzzle until you realise the nasties are charging up it and about to leap on you.
Photoperiodic control of development in the ant-lion Hagenomyia micans (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae).
Clearly, the book is designed as a form of ant-lion trap, where the averagely innocent psychologist, after having been induced into the sand pit by an anodyne list of chapter headings, is unable to scramble out as the old certainties begin to slip away.
Intraspecific competition in larvae of the ant-lion Morter sp.
Tests of alternative models of prey consumption by predators, using ant-lion larvae.