One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
An insect that resembles a dragonfly, with predatory larvae that construct conical pits into which insect prey, especially ants, fall.
Family Myrmeleontidae, order Neuroptera
- ‘Catching dragonflies, collecting wasps' larvae, playing with ant lions and locusts, and learning to make cages from straw are all traditional summer activities.’
- ‘What's more, does anything except the odd ant lion and rare aardvark eat ants?’
- ‘This was also found in at least one other insect species, the ant lion.’
- ‘I was up to my waist, and as each wave receded I was being pushed forward, and the sand was being dragged from beneath me, in much the same way as an ant lion catches its prey.’
- ‘However, when excluding one outlier, the ant lion, the correlations are again significant.’
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