ant lion

noun
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.
Also, antlion.


Origin:
1805–15

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ant lion

noun
1. the larva of any of several insects [syn: doodlebug
2. winged insect resembling a dragonfly; the larvae (doodlebugs) dig conical pits where they wait to catch e.g. ants 
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When the ant lion shows itself, gently scoop it up with a spoon.
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