Monday, November 21, 2011

Creature of the Week - Ant-Lion


The ant-lion is a creature that has been in bestiaries for a long time although the creature has evolved over the years.
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At first, the ant-lion was believed to be the offspring of a  male lion and a female ant. The ant-lion had the head of a lion and the body of an ant. Because the ant-lion’s father is a meat-eater and its mother is a vegetarian, the ant-lion perishes soon after birth because no food satisfies both sides of its nature.
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Preposterous, huh? That’s why beliefs about the ant-lion changed. The ‘new’ ant-lion hides in the sand and preys on the other ants like a lion. It is the king of the ants.

6 comments:

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Okay, that last picture is creepy. Glad they don't exist here. :D

salarsenッ said...

Interesting...in a freaky sort of way. :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Glad that one's a bit obscure.

Joshua said...

Oh does that make me laugh! I need it after my morning. Thanks!

C D Meetens said...

The ant-lion's quick demise didn't sound too good, and the idea of mixing the two species makes my mind boggle ;).

Ms Saba (aka Teacher007.5) said...

Interesting mix!