And here's another ant predator.
It's Alvaro the Ant Lion! Some people call him "doodlebug."
Many people see his little pit in the sand and have
no idea what he looks like. He's only about half
an inch long, but he's amazing-looking! A chubby
body, a little head, and huge, pincer-like jaws.
Alvaro waits patiently at the bottom of his pit
for ants to fall in. When one does, he tosses sand
on it to keep it from getting out. Then he grabs
it with his jaws, pulls it under the sand, and sucks
its juices out. Finally he tosses the dead ant out
and goes to work making a new pit. Alvaro is not
an adult yet, he is what zoologists call a larva.
In other words, he is what a caterpillar is to a
butterfly. Eventually he will make a little silk
cocoon in the sand and transform into the delicate
insect you see on the right. Isn't that cool?