Antlion

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{{Quote|He won't last five minutes on foot. It's spawning season for the Antlions!|Leon|Half-Life 2}}

The '''Antlion''' is a large, voracious insect of several differing castes, with a hierarchy very similar to that of wikipediaAnt|ants.

==Overview==

Antlions are social creatures living in large underground colonies. They are blind and use WikipediaPheromone|pheromones and vibrations to identify other living beings. They come in several types, some of which are separate castes. Five have been showcased so far

*The Antlion Soldier, which is the most commonly found.
*The Antlion Grubs, the larvae.
*The Antlion Worker, which works in nests and protects the Antlion Grub.
*The Antlion Guard, a taller Antlion
*The Antlion Guardian, which rules the nests.


==Behavior and skills==
FileAntlionnest.jpg|thumb|right|250px|An Antlion nest.

Antlion Soldiers are the most visible element of Antlion society, most of which is kept hidden in fiercely defended underground nests. It is not clear how Antlions breed; one resistance member is heard referring to a "spawning season" at the beginning of the Highway 17 chapter, but whether Antlions mate separately, have a WikipediaEusociality|queen/drone system or practice something completely alien to Earth sensibilities is not known. Their young begin life as larvae in blue honeycombs similar to those of bees. The extract of these larvae is highly prized by the Vortigaunts for its ability to "divide the false veils of the vortessence" when imbibed. This seems to augment their natural powers. It should be noted that when they imbibe the extract, they glow purple and look very similar to how they did in the beginning of ''Episode One''. It may be speculated that they were in this state when rescuing Gordon. The larvae grow into large grubs, which are attended to and protected by Antlion Workers and Antlion Guardians. Within this system, common Antlions presumably serve as hunter-gatherers. Inside their nests, decomposed bodies of other creatures can often be discovered, trapped in the viscous silk the grubs produce as a food source, and some of their deepest chambers are pooled with blood.

==History==

Antlions were once farmed by Vortigaunts for their larval extract and a number of other purposes, possibly on their homeworld (no Xen creature is native from therehttp//www.halflife2.net/forums/showthread.php?t=114535 ''Marc Laidlaw Vault'' on the HalfLife2.net Forums); the Victory Mine Vortigaunt states that Antlion husbandry was once their ancestral practice. Since the Combine invasion of Earth and the beginning of the Portal Storms the Antlions have established themselves on Earth. They have obviously been very successful in doing so, possibly to the point of causing extinction to other kinds of Earth fauna. So widespread were the Antlions on Earth that the Combine had to install a large network of Restrictor|thumpers around Nova Prospekt, as well as a vast variation to the base of the Citadel. When these were shut down by Gordon Freeman's activities, both Nova Prospekt and City 17 were quickly overrun separately by Antlions, with chaotic results.

==Behind the scenes==

*In the cut wasteland chapters of ''Half-Life 2'', the player was to visit Antlion caves where they would meet the Antlion King and Antlion Grubs, among other enemies. This idea was brought back in ''Episode Two''.

==Trivia==
*The WikipediaAntlion|Antlion (scientific name ''Myrmeleontidae'') is an actual insect; strictly speaking, the term WikipediaAntlion|Antlion applies to its larval form which does somewhat resemble Valve's creation.

*The Soldier and Worker antlions cannot swim, and because they are blind, they cannot avoid going into the water, once they are deep enough they will thrash around in vain for a few seconds before drowning. If the drowning Antlion is punted onto dry land by the Gravity Gun, they will continue to thrash around and eventually drown on land.
**This is the only way to kill an Antlion Worker without it exploding.

==Gallery==

===Retail Antlions===


FileAntlion grub.jpg|The Antlion Grub.
FileAntlion standard skin 1.jpg|The Antlion Soldier.
FileAntlion Worker.jpg|The Antlion Worker.
FileAntlion guard.jpg|The Antlion Guard.
FileAntlion guardian.jpg|The Antlion Guardian.
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===Cut Antlions===


FileAntlion King concept.jpg|The Antlion King.


===Misc===


FileAntlion hill beta1.jpg|First Antlion Hill model.
FileAntlion hill beta2.jpg|Second Antlion Hill model.
FileAntlion hill.jpg|Third and final Antlion Hill model.


==List of appearances==

*''Half-Life 2'' {{1st}}
*''Half-Life 2 Raising the Bar''
*''Half-Life 2 Episode One''
*Source Particle Benchmark {{Gf}} {{Nc}}
*''Half-Life 2 Episode Two''

==References==
{{Imagecat|Antlion images}}
{{Reflist}}

==External links==

*{{Wikipedia|url=Antlion|text=Antlion}}

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