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Hymenoptera Velvet Ant

Mutilla Basiornata


Found this strange ant in Lonavala, India. I think it is a queen ant but dont know what species. EDIT: Thanks to Simon Stock for species ID suggestion.


Dry grass lands and rocky hills.


1 Species ID Suggestions

Velvet Ant
Mutilla Basiornata Beetles of Africa - Catalog Page

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MSJpsweemer 9 years ago

Velvet Ant might be one of the non-social species of ants. I'm not totally sure but I think this is the case.

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Great Macro work kschabba...!!
I must missed this fantastic spotting...

Ashish Nimkar
Ashish Nimkar 9 years ago

Great ID work Simon.... Many Indian Arthropods are not properly documented and published...

Simon Stock
Simon Stock 9 years ago

I've ID'd your great spotting. I'm an ant lover and in my search for more species I seem to come across more wasps. If you have any Ant spottings I have a mission called Ant Empire but it looks like I'll be starting a wasp/bee mission very soon.

kschabba 9 years ago

They sure are hard to click this one just wouldn't take a break, i just upped a video its slowed down to 25% to give a better look at her.

Curator of Good
Curator of Good 9 years ago

Great shots

Saber 9 years ago

Female of Cow killer (timulla), i dont know which species exactly is ? :)
we have many here in Morocco :) !

Aaron_G 9 years ago

Did you find her incredibly hard to photograph? Every velvet ant I've followed would not stop for a rest. :-)

It helped me a lot to look for "Mutillidae" on a local group of nature enthusiasts, that's how I identified the one I found.
These are beautiful creatures.

kschabba 9 years ago

thanks will be putting up more pictures soon

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 9 years ago

Great find!! Hope to see more species from Lonavala! Beautiful , Beautiful Hill station!

MartinL 9 years ago

Ants, bees and wasps are all in the order Hymenoptera and a group of (sometimes) wingless wasps are called (possibly confusingly) velvet ants. I have spotted a wingless wasp with winged male here .
Yoiur velvet ant is a wasp.

kschabba 9 years ago

hey thanks for the warm welcome, thanks for pointing me in the right direction this definitely is a subspecies of the velvet ant ( )

This particular one has a striped abdomen which initially led me to believe that it was some kind of a wasp with broken wings.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

I'm not finding anything on the Internet. I'm finding the same pages over and over again and I may need to give it a rest and try it again.

I still think it is a velvet ant, but can't find any more information on this particular wasp.

Gordon Dietzman
Gordon Dietzman 9 years ago

Welcome to Project Noah.

I'm wondering if this is not an ant, but a wingless wasp. Did you see others in the area? This looks very much like a member of the Mutillidae--the so called velvet ants, but which are actually wingless wasps.

See for more information, but I'll do some research as well.

KarenL 9 years ago

Great spot!
Welcome to Project Noah kschabba!

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Maharashtra, India

Spotted on Jan 25, 2012
Submitted on Jan 25, 2012

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