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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.
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Adj.1.myrmecophilous - living symbiotically with ants
biological science, biology - the science that studies living organisms
dependent - relying on or requiring a person or thing for support, supply, or what is needed; "dependent children"; "dependent on moisture"
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Species of the genus Chrysoritis have unique feeding characteristics and are habitat specialists with many being myrmecophilous (species which have symbiotic relationship with ants) (Edge and Mecenero, 2015).
Life cycle and immature biology of Menander felsina (Riodinidae), a myrmecophilous metalmark.
or Formica L.), although no myrmecophilous taxa are known from Peru as of yet.
Lack of compensation by final instar larvae of the myrmecophilous lycaenid butterfly, Jalmenus evagoras, for the loss of nutrients to ants.
Majerus, "Adaptations of Coccinella magnifica redtenbacher, a myrmecophilous coccinellid, to aggression by wood ants (Formica rufa Group).
Available records suggest that mistletoe use may be divided in two types: 1) larvae specialists with diets restricted to mistletoes; and, 2) larvae generalists whose diet may include mistletoes, which seems to be the case in Chalodeta chelonis (Hewitson, 1866), which feeds on flower buds, and some myrmecophilous Nymphidiini with polyphagous larvae.
New species and new records of myrmecophilous Phoridae (Diptera).