Antlions belong to the Family Myrmeleontidae within the Order Neuroptera. Adult antlions look a little like dragonflies but their wing pattern is different. They also have longer, clubbed antennae and are feeble fliers.
Antlion larvae live in the soil and construct pits to snare prey. They are popular with children in the US because of their 'fun' lifestyle of trapping any insects that come near their pit. They commonly prey on ants as these stumble in to the pit and fall to the bottom where they are grabbed by the antlion larvae using its large jaws.
Antlions are sometimes called doodlebugs in the US, because of the 'doodles' made in sand by their larvae.
Other names for (or types of) Myrmeleontidae include:
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