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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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Antlion pits provide the antlion larvae with an effective means of capturing prey (Turner, 1915; Akman, 1973; Topoff, 1977).
Antlion larvae (Neuroptera: Myrmeliontidae), the focus of the present study, are generalist predators of arthropods that move along the soil surface.
Substrate particle size affects pit building decision and pit size in the antlion larvae Euroleon nostras (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae).
Look for antlion pits in dry, sandy soil in protected places, like near houses or under rock ledges.
Larvae of the antlion parasitized by both parasitoid species exhibited an apparently normal behavior until pupation, and the juveniles of M.
Their highly characteristic, fairly slow, flapping flight was intriguing and reminiscent of some large antlions (e.
Bright lights also attract many other types of adult insects, including, but not restricted to, true flies (Diptera), beetles (Coleoptera), wasps (Hymenoptera), nerve-winged insects such as antlions and lacewings (Neuroptera), earwigs (Dermaptera), bugs (Hemiptera and Homoptera), mantids (Mantodea) and grasshoppers, katydids, crickets and mole crickets (Orthoptera).
The predatory larvae construct pit traps in loose soils similar to those of antlions.