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Insect runs away from animals (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

antelopes

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'animals' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'insect runs away from' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite understand how this works, but
'insect' could be 'ant' (ant is a kind of insect) and 'ant' is found in the answer.
'runs' could be 'lopes' (loping is a kind of running) and 'lopes' is located in the answer.
'from' could be 'e' (I've seen this in other clues) and 'e' is found in the answer.
No letters remain.
This may be the basis of the clue (or it may be nonsense).

Can you help me to learn more?

(Other definitions for antelopes that I've seen before include "Springboks, say" , "Wild animals" , "Gazelles, impalas etc" .)

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