ant lion


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ant lion

[′ant ‚lī·ən]
(invertebrate zoology)
The common name for insects of the family Myrmeleontidae in the order Neuroptera; larvae are commonly called doodlebugs.
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Ant lions are ferocious predators, but some of them don't have a mouth.
Over evolutionary time, the slit at the front of the mouth cavity has sealed shut in the armored larvae of ant lions that hunt in sand.
With no mouth opening and no way to poop, sand-trapper ant lions minimize their intake of anything indigestible.
Collectively, these observations suggest that both space and food may be limiting resources for ant lion larvae.
Larvae were held in plastic dishes (12 cm diameter, 2 cm depth) filled with 270 g of oven-dried sand collected from the ant lion zone.
Dishes were randomly placed on the soil surface in the ant lion zone.
Each cup was buried in the ant lion zone with the lip of the cup flush with the adjacent sand surface.
Daily, each ant lion larva with a pit was fed one Tribolium confusum larva.
During July of 1992, I mapped all nest entrances that could be found within and adjacent to the ant lion zone at each site along a 10-15 m transect parallel to each cliff ledge.
For several ant species at the Pugh Canyon site, I estimated the probability of death by introducing foragers into the ant lion zone.
To assess the foraging behavior of ants in the face of predation risk, I established bait stations in the presence and absence of ant lion predators.
At 6 m intervals, I placed one bait station in the center of the ant lion zone and a parallel station on the forest floor, 2 m beyond the edge of the ant lion zone.