The Ant-lion is also know as a "doodlebug", the larvae of the ant-lion preys on ants and other insects by building pits in sand that they are unable to escape from.

They are insects of the family Myrmeleontidae, and the order Neuroptera. There are hundreds of ant-lion species with more than 50 found in North America.

The adult form of the Ant-lion resembles a dragonfly or damselfly. The largest species is found in Africa has a 6 inch wingspan.

Ant"-li`on (#), n. 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 M. formicarius.


© Webster 1913.

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