Day two: Third birthday

My second entry for #utfankidsweek2017! Good news is that all these little monsters have names now! The oldest is Velvet (on Sans’s shoulders), the twins are Silk and Satin (the ones gathered around the cake), and the youngest is Ethan (in Muffet’s arms). Really proud of how this one turned out!


PS: Fankid week was started by @friisans


Velvet ant, Hoplomutilla sp., not an ant, but a wingless wasp, additional photos in higher resolution at


Velvet Ant (Mutillidae)

Velvet Ants are a family of more than 3,000 species of wasps (despite the names) whose wingless females resemble large, hairy ants. Their common name velvet ant refers to their dense pile of hair which most often is bright scarlet or orange, but may also be black, white, silver, or gold. Black and white specimens are sometimes known as panda ants due to their hair coloration resembling that of the Chinese giant panda. Their bite is told to be awfully painful.


//ARIES// Tasmanian Devil

//TAURUS// Aye-Aye

//GEMINI// Mata Mata

//CANCER// Narwhal 

//LEO// Glass Frog

//VIRGO// Giraffe Weevil

//LIBRA// Geoduck

//SCORPIO// Red Velvet Ant / Cow Killer

//SAGITTARIUS//  Giant Coconut Crab


//AQUARIUS// Monkfish

//PISCES// Giant Weta

The panda ant is actually a species of wingless wasp, and like all wasps, they are unholy devil-spawn that must be wiped from existence no matter the cost. They’re closely related to the red velvet ant, which is also known by the nickname “cow killer,” because their sting is allegedly powerful enough to make a cow pass out. So, remember: Never trust cuddly looking things, never trust nature, and actually – just to be on the safe side – never trust anything ever again.

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Two Heads and Four Eyes????

Velvet Ant Pair (Trogaspidia suspiciosa, Mutillidae, Hymenoptera)

This is a phenomenal family of wasps. The first impression from this image is predator and prey but in fact it is the larger winged male grasping the smaller wingless female in its jaws in the mating process. The size disparity is reversed from the traditional gender difference amongst insects and spiders.

They are wasps and not ants as the name implies. The common name comes from the females resemblance to an ant (wingless) and the thick usually brightly colored pile of hair many species bear.

The male locates a female on the wing and mates. The female then enters an insect nest, typically a ground-nesting bee such as a bumblebee or wasp nest, and deposits one egg near each larva or pupa. Her young then develop as idiobiont ectoparasitoids, eventually killing their immobile larval/pupal hosts within a matter of days.

As in all Hymenoptera, only the female is capable of inflicting an extremely painful sting, said to be strong enough to kill a cow, hence the common name cow killer or cow ant is applied to some species. (HILARIOUS)

Pu'er, Yunnan, China

See more Chinese Hymenoptera on my Flickr site HERE…..


My Slurpuffs were met far better than I thought they’d be, so I decided to do another round of variants.  Badass Beedrills are here to colonize your dash!

Sweat Bee - This metallic green-blue variant actually emerged from the wild, presumably when Scythers became attracted to and subsequently mated with shiny Beedrills due to the similarity in color.  Since then, it has become a common fixture of variant breeders, and is prized for contests and collections.

Bumblebee - Docile, fluffy, and decidedly chubby, these small-stingered Beedrills are unsuitable for battle in every way, shape, and form.  Fortunately, they make great household pets, especially for the insect-type-loving family with small children.

Bald Faced Hornets - A quick look makes the purpose of this carefully-bred and hard-won variant obvious: this beast is best suited for fighting.  With its massive, curved abdominal stinger and drill-like arm ones, it is more than just formidable - it is ruthless and deadly.

Velvet Ant - This rare female-only wingless variety comes in multiple colors and varying lengths of ‘fur’, and while some argue that its value lies exclusively in its contest appeal, trainers who have been stung by them violently disagree.  The velvet’s sting is so painful, it has been given the rather horrifying nickname ‘Miltank-Killer’.

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