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.

carbonpressure  asked:

I just discovered Coyote Peterson and honestly he's done so much crazy shit that I'm expecting him to Enter the Smash Zone with a peacock mantis shrimp any day now.

The first video I ever saw of his was him getting stung by the velvet ant. Then I watched all of his videos. Once the bullet any came along I didn’t think it could get worse. But I was certainly wrong.

He already got bit by an alligator snapping turtle. Next he’s gonna go play with lions.

I do love him dearly though. I want to see him play with a good ol’ Fisher Cat.

anotnenupharine replied to your post “does anybody want any more amazing bug facts I fucking LOVE BUGS ”

what are you favorite bug facts?? :‘O


for starters, the whole ‘worms make cocoons’ thing is honestly prob my all time fav

but otherwise, another one I like is theres a species of wasp that’re blue! the blue mud dauber/mud wasp. 

the blue mud wasp is docile and a metallic coloured blue! like this:

another wasp i LOVE (but hate omg) is the bald faced hornet! look at this fucker:

bald faced hornets are EXTREMELY aggressive, going as far as to CHASE their victim down miles away from the nest 

another interesting non-wasp thing is the velvet ant!

this cute red fuzzy ant may look like a lil buddy, buuut when it feels threatened, they actually have a large stinger! it can sting you like a wasp, AND bite you like any other ant! 

thats its stinger ^^^^

not fun right? 

also! another fun fact, queen ants of most species live upwards of 20-30 years! some people make more…advanced ant farms and they can then live almost forever since once the queen dies, others were born and will take her place! that makes an ant farm a sort of heirloom if you will. I tried to make one once but my queens died :’( 

if you wanna know anything else abt bugs lemme know!! i love bugs!!!

My ideas that are cooler than the new gene:

Velvet- based on the Velvet Ant- uses the poi/tox color scheme
Leopard- Pretty self explanatory, rosette colors are darker tones of the base color
Skeleton-Skeletal patterns on the dragon  -Primary only
Cloudy- Like you know how clouds look? Kinda like that.-secondary only


//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


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…..


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