ant lion

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or ant lion  (ănt′lī′ən)
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.

ant′ li`on

or ant′li`on,

any of several nocturnal insects of the family Myrmeleontidae, resembling a damselfly, which as a larva (doodlebug) preys upon ants and other insects at the bottom of a conical sand trap with only its mandibles exposed.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.ant lion - the larva of any of several insectsant lion - 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.ant lion - winged insect resembling a dragonflyant lion - 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
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The pit-trapping foraging strategy of the ant lion, Myrmeleon immaculatus DeGeer (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae).
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On the coast it could be tiny crabs, but in most other areas, it will be the ant lion who has set a trap for its prey.
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The feding ecology of the pit-making ant lion larva Myrmeleon bore: Feeding rate and species composition of prey in a habitat.
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Ant lion zones: causes of high-density predator aggregations.
When the hook pierces prey, the ant lion injects venom and digestive enzymes via the grooves.
In this paper, I describe the results of six manipulative field experiments and one laboratory experiment designed to test for the effects of intraguild predation on the coexistence of two species of larval ant lion (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae).
In this study, I examine the distributional and behavioral responses of an assemblage of ground-foraging ants to high-density aggregations of predaceous ant lion larvae (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae).