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Oriental Velvet Ant, female, new species 2019

Orientidia manleyi Williams, 2019

Notes:

Kiến Nhung Viễn Đông Oriental Velvet Ant Aka Modkhong Orientidia manleyi Williams, 2019 Mutillidae Female, Length 07 mm Sa-đéc Vietnam, 2021.11.24 samsung SM-N9208

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Võ Anh Tuấn
Võ Anh Tuấn a month ago

pramod.mitikiri, thanks.
You're right, it's a female.

pramod.mitikiri
pramod.mitikiri a month ago

That ant looks amazing, but also very scary at the same time! So the red patch of color on the ant are probably visual signs (aposematic signaling) for predators to stay away from. I also read that they can actually excrete "foul-smelling" chemicals as well (with a painful sting) in case of defense too.

I think this insect is specifically a female ant according to this website:

https://www.allgoodservices.com/pest-inf...

Võ Anh Tuấn
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Thành phố Sa Đéc, Đồng Tháp, Viet Nam

Spotted on Nov 24, 2021
Submitted on Nov 27, 2021

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