Behold, The Mighty Antlion


“Doodlebug, doodlebug, come for your supper” is how the old nursery rhyme goes. This tiny creature is often overlooked as we go about our daily tasks. The little critter lurks underground in tiny sand funnels just the right size to trap ants. The sad news is that when we spray our yards, not only does the poison leech through to our aquifers, but it also kills this natural predator of the ant. The ants always seem to come back.

My students watch antlions in a small habitat in our classroom. Patience is required to be able to catch these tiny creatures moving about. It helps to add ants!

Watch an antlion guarding his trap!