antlion


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Synonyms for antlion

the larva of any of several insects

winged insect resembling a dragonfly

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Dipalta serpentina Osten Sacken (Diptera: Bombyliidae) as a predator on pupae of the antlion Myrmeleon immaculatus DeGeer (Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae) in California.
Griffiths (1985) observed that the maintenance of traps constructed by antlion larvae of the species Myrmeleon quinquemaculatus Hagen, 1853 required a high energy cost and larvae that had their funnel destroyed had a 50[degrees] o lower growth rate compared to larvae whose funnel suffered no disturbance.
The prey was only offered on the first and fifth day of the experiments due to the fact that the prey capture rate of antlion larvae is low in the natural environment (Hauber, 1999).
Predatory interactions between ants and antlions (Hymenoptera: Formicidae and Neuroptera: Myrmeleontidae).
Up from any well-trodden pathway might come giant antlion jaws, and then we are gone.
There are creatures never illustrated before, such as the giant West African antlion and the Fruhstorfer's giant dobsonfly.
The antlion kicked dirt out of the cave further loosening the dirt under the ant's feet.
That's a hungry antlion that is just about to latch on to its prey: an ant.
Well-studied examples include web-weaving spiders (e.g., Riechert and Gillespie 1986, Wise 1993), net-spinning caddisfly larvae (e.g., Hildrew and Townsend 1980, Richardson 1984, Malmqvist and Bronmark 1985), and pit-building antlion larvae (e.g., Wheeler 1930, Lucas 1982, Heinrich and Heinrich 1984).
Like something from a horror movie, the antlion lies in wait at the bottom of the trap, ready to grab the prey in hook-like mandibles and drain its bodily fluids.
(In the photo below, the antlion has been uncovered.)
Arthropod predators (commonly encountered taxa included sunscorpions [Solifugae], spiders [Araneae], centipedes [Scolopendridae], certain katydids [Tettigoniidae], praying mantids [Mantidae], lacewings [Hemerobiidae and Chrysopidae], antlions [Myrmeleontidae], robber flies [Asilidae], certain ants [Formicidae], and many bugs [Hemiptera] and beetles [Coleoptera]) and parasitoids (mainly wasps [Hymenoptera]) were hand picked or aspirated from the six creosotebushes per site that were assigned to the arthropod predator-removal treatment.