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ant lion

or antlion

noun
1.
any of several insects belonging to the family Myrmeleontidae, of the order Neuroptera, the larvae of which dig a pit in sand where they lie in wait to prey upon ants or other insects that lose their footing.
Origin of ant lion
1805-1815
First recorded in 1805-15
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  • It is like the larvæ of the dobson, the aphis lion, and the ant lion in that respect.

    The Insect Folk Margaret Warner Morley
  • An ant lion will dig an entrapment, then hiding behind a blind, await the unwary.

    The Land of Look Behind Paul Cameron Brown
  • The ant lion digs a little pit in loose sand and buries itself therein with the exception of its head.

    Great Hike

    Alan Douglas
  • An ant slid part way down its funnel and tried to climb out again, and the ant lion down below is flinging sand at it.

    The Insect Folk Margaret Warner Morley
  • And, curiously enough, this stomach is the only organ of digestion which the ant lion has.

    Book of Monsters

    David Fairchild and Marian Hubbard (Bell) Fairchild
  • Namitša is a large reddish insect, perhaps a wasp, that throws earth as it burrows; or perhaps the ant lion?

    Seven Mohave Myths A. L. Kroeber
  • It is easy to find these pit-falls of the ant lion in sand banks in the summer-time.

    The Insect Folk Margaret Warner Morley

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