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Velvet Ant Wasp

mutillidae sp.


A black wasp with a black tipped, red abdomen, mating with a small female.


Adjacent to a small stream. Altitude 1000m.


At first sight, just another wasp with its dinner. But I have previously identified this wasp and so immediately knew what I was looking at. A rare opportunity indeed.

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folicallychalled 7 years ago

Yes, normally in the world of arthropods, the female is larger than the male. Because of the strategy of depositing eggs in other wasps nests, it is an advantage to be small. The female also has lost its wings and mimics an ant - evolution at work.


how come the female's smaller than the male ...its the first tym im observing this

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Wild Things 7 years ago

Wow! Thanks for sharing!

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Jawa Barat, Indonesia

Spotted on Feb 25, 2014
Submitted on Feb 25, 2014

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