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The doodlebug is the larval form of the Antlion. The doodlebug digs a pit in the sand and waits for ants and other insects to fall into its waiting jaws. The adults are winged. The scientific name of the Family is Myrmeleontidae. There are over 89 North American species, and a common one is Dendroleon obsoletum.

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2 Responses to DOODLE BUGS

  1. dan says:

    you are mistaken. What you are referring to is called a sand lion.

    • bugman says:

      This is an eleven year old posting, but we still stand by what we wrote. Common names can be misleading because some names are very localized in use and sometimes the same common name is used for numerous species. We could find no reference to Sand Lion online. Please provide us with a citation. Doodlebug, on the other hand, is a universally accepted common name for the larva of an Antlion in the family Myrmeleontidae. Its use is acknowledged on BugGuide, Merriam-Webster and even that bastion of pop culture references, Wikipedia. We are not mistaken.

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