Subject: What’s This Bug?
Location: Colombia
November 9, 2013 11:34 pm
I found this on the railing of the stairs of my work.
Signature: Omar D.

Velvet Ant

Velvet Ant

Hi Omar,
We believe this is a Velvet Ant in the family Mutillidae.  She looks very similar to the
Hoplomutilla species from Guyana pictured on American Insects.  Velvet Ants are actually flightless female wasps that reported deliver a painful sting if carelessly handled.

Velvet Ant

Velvet Ant

Thanks Daniel!
My bug really looks like a Velvet Ant. Thanks for the warning about the sting.
Good to know.

Location: Colombia

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