Ant lion
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British pronunciation/ˈant lˈaɪən/
American pronunciation/ˈænt lˈaɪən/
Ant lion
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a small winged insect that preys on other insects, especially ants, by digging holes in the sand

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What is an "ant lion"?

An ant lion is a fascinating insect that goes through a unique life cycle. The adult ant lion resembles a small dragonfly with its slender body and delicate wings. However, it is during the larval stage that the ant lion truly stands out. The larva has a distinct appearance, with a plump, segmented body and large jaws that resemble the mandibles of an ant. These jaws are used for catching and devouring ants and other small insects, hence the name "ant lion." The larva digs cone-shaped pits in sandy soil, patiently waiting at the bottom for unsuspecting prey to fall in. Once an ant or other small insect slips into the pit, the ant lion uses its jaws to capture and consume the trapped prey.

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the larva of any of several insects

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