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ant lion

noun

Definition of ant lion

  1. :  any of various neuropterous insects (as of the genus Myrmeleon) having long-jawed larvae that feed on insects (as ants) and including some that dig conical pits to capture prey



Did You Know?

An insect known for its aggressive capture of prey during its larval stage is the antlion. The larva digs a funnel-shaped sandy pit by using its oval, bristled abdomen, then buries itself in the pit with only its powerful jaws uncovered. Any small insect that ventures over the pit’s edge slips to the bottom and is seized by the antlion, which sucks the contents of its victim and throws out the empty skin. The adult antlion does not feed. The best known of the 65 described species occurs in North America and Europe.

Illustration of ant lion

1815

First Known Use of ant lion

1815


ANT LION Defined for Kids

ant lion

noun

Definition of ant lion for Students

  1. :  an insect having a larva form with long jaws that digs a cone-shaped hole in which it waits for prey (as ants)




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