Metallic Brown Spider Wasp


Black Velvet Ant - Bothriomutilla sp.

Family Mutillidae 

This page contains pictures and information about Black Velvet Ants that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Wingless female, body length 10mm 
This Velvet Ant is black in colour. Female 
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Velvet Ants are sometimes found on sandy ground searching for host's nest. Their larvae parasite on other wasp, bee or ant nest in soil under ground.
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Black Velvet Ants are common in Brisbane Bushland. 
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1. Northern Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009. 

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Last updated: July 14, 2012.