An Account of the Mermecoleon or Ant-lion
Antiquaries Journal, 3, 1923, 347-364
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This article is a thorough exploration of the ant-lion, tracing the roots of the legend to Greek and Biblical sources, with reference to the bestiaries, the Physiologus, Isidore of Seville's Etymologies, Gregory's Moralia in Job, the Septuagint, the Romance of Alexander, and other sources. Druce also discusses the legends of the ant (including the Indian or Ethiopian gold-digging ant), and comments on the "real" ant-lion, Palpares libelluloides.
18 pp., black & white illustrations, 4 black & white plates.
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