antlion

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Antlion pit traps, the larvae at the bottom hidden under the sand
Antlion larva removed from its pit trap
Adult antlion in the winged, free-flying form

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ant +‎ lion

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antlion (plural antlions)

  1. Any of various species of insects, many of them nocturnal, in the family Myrmeleontidae. The adults superficially resemble the unrelated damselflies. The larvae bury themselves in sand below a cone-shaped pit in which they trap insects such as ants.

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