Antlions are top predators in the insect world, digging sand pits that trap ants and other small bugs.
But what’s really amazing about these ferocious hunters is that they’re just babies!
Antlions are the larvae, or young, of a family of insects called myrmeleontids. As adults, they look like damselflies or dragonflies. But when they’re young, they are small and fuzzy, with large heads and large “fangs” in their jaws. Since they don’t have wings, they get their food on the ground.
Antlions are tricky hunters. They dig small pits and then bury themselves in the center, leaving only their jaws sticking out. Insects slide down the sides of these pits and right into an antlion’s mouth!