Subject: black furry ant
March 24, 2013 5:23 am
found in low land tropical forest nearby a stream.
is it an ant or a velvet ant?
Unless we are greatly mistaken, this is a Velvet Ant in the family Mutillidae, and not a true ant. Velvet Ants are flightless female wasps that are reported to pack a very painful sting. Male Velvet Ants have wings.
Correction: Echinopla melanarctos
Thanks to wxchew who wrote back in a comment, we now know that this is a real Ant, Echinopla melanarctos.