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Subject: black furry ant
Location: Malaysia
March 24, 2013 5:23 am
size: ~1.5cm
slow moving
found in low land tropical forest nearby a stream.
is it an ant or a velvet ant?
Signature: wxchew

Velvet Ant

Ant:  Echinopla malanarctos 

Hi wxchew,
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.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Malaysia

3 Responses to Ant from Malaysia is Echinopla melanarctos

  1. wxchew says:

    Hi, it looks like an velvet ant for me too because of the furry appearance. But later i’ve been told that this is probably an ant from the Echinopla genus, maybe a Echinopla Melanarctos.

  2. Dude, I thought this was a velvet ant too because of it’s furry appearance and they are always seen scavenging alone.

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