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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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While hovering about 3 to 5 cm above the ground female bee flies drop their eggs on the funnels of the antlion (Yeates & Greathead 1997).
Asymmetric competition in a natural population of antlion larvae.
Dangerous neighbors: Interactive effects of factors influencing cannibalism in pit-building antlion larvae.
Saxena, "Performance evaluation of antlion optimizer based regulator in automatic generation control of interconnected power system," Journal of Engineering, vol.
Vella americana (Drury) is an acanthaclisine antlion found in the southeastern United States and Mexico, and possibly the largest antlion in the Western Hemisphere (Miller & Stange 1985).
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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.