It is in dry and sandy soil that the ant-lion lays its trap. Having marked out the chosen site by a circular groove, it starts to crawl backwards, using its abdomen as a plough to shovel up the soil.
The exact meaning of the name ant-lion (Fr.
The pupa stage of the ant-lion is quiescent.
Strictly speaking, however, the term ant-lion applies to the larval form, which has been known scientifically for over two hundred years, on account of its peculiar and forbidding appearance and its skilful and unique manner of entrapping prey by means of a pitfall.
As a typical instance we may take the chapter on the ant-lion - not the insect, but an imaginary creature suggested by Job.