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Velvet Ant - Timulla vagans Saw this 'ant' on a wall - I know my South European ant species quite well but didn't recognise this one at all. Then it dawned on me...what if this isn't an ant, but a velvet ant or wingless wasp! A quick google search later and it turns out it is indeed a velvet ant, this is the female and apparently she packs a severe punch when it comes to her sting - not as bad as the 'cow killer' velvet ant though ;) Geotagged,Greece,Summer,Timulla vagans,Velvet Ant Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Velvet Ant - Timulla vagans

Saw this 'ant' on a wall - I know my South European ant species quite well but didn't recognise this one at all. Then it dawned on me...what if this isn't an ant, but a velvet ant or wingless wasp! A quick google search later and it turns out it is indeed a velvet ant, this is the female and apparently she packs a severe punch when it comes to her sting - not as bad as the 'cow killer' velvet ant though ;)

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  1. Nice find! Note that I changed the common name back to Timulla vagans instead of "Velvet Ant", because velvet ant refers to an entire family, not just a single species. Posted 4 months ago
    1. Thanks on both accounts Ferdy, much appreciated. First one of these creatures I've seen in the flesh. Posted 4 months ago
      1. I've only seen one in my life time as well:

        Velvet Ant (Mutillidae), Santa María, Colombia This looked like an unusually giant ant to us when finding it, but it turns out to be a Velvet Ant. Which still is no ant, it's a wasp, a flightless female wasp. And as luck would have it, only now we find out that it is known for its extremely painful sting. Some of the species in this family that have the black/white pattern as seen on this photo are nicknamed panda ants. I would not recommend cuddling them though.<br />
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Similar spotting:<br />
https://www.flickr.com/photos/artour_a/6018073963/in/faves-antbbx/ Boyacá,Colombia,Fall,Geotagged,Hoplomutilla Xanthocerata,Santa María,South America,World
        Posted 4 months ago, modified 4 months ago

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The Mutillidae are a family of more than 3,000 species of wasps (despite the names) whose wingless females resemble large, hairy ants. Their common name velvet ant refers to their dense pile of hair, which most often is bright scarlet or orange, but may also be black, white, silver, or gold. Black and white specimens are sometimes known as panda ants due to their hair coloration resembling that of the giant panda. Their bright colors serve as aposematic signals. They are known for their extremely.. more

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Uploaded Jul 16, 2017. Captured Jul 12, 2017 10:15 in Epar.Od. Magouladon-Afiona, Kerkira 490 81, Greece.
  • Canon EOS 600D
  • f/6.3
  • 1/197s
  • ISO100
  • 60mm