By: Collin Pierre Class 2-105 Doodlebugs are also called Antlions. The stages in the life cycle of an ant lion are eggs, larva, cocoon, and adult. The doodle bug is the larva stage of the ant lion The adults resemble dragonfly adult. The antlion larva is a predator which digs a pit and waits at the bottom. If an ant or another insect slips and falls into the hole, it can't escape. The ant's body fluid is sucked out by the ant lion larva, leaving the body behind. Antlions can be found in sheltered, sandy areas such as wooded dunes, open forest floors, and dry, treelined river banks. They can also be found in the sandy soil of flower beds, under hedges or leaves, in undeveloped city lots, and under buildings set on piers. They protect themselves by staying hidden under the sand. When an ant lion larva looks for a place to dig its pit, it moves across the surface of the sand and under the sand with backward movements. It leaves a trail in the sand as if someone is making design. That is why ant lion are also called doodlebugs.