Badge Velvet Ant
Female: Ventral
Ellura
Gold-ringed Red Velvet Ant
Female: Dorsal
 
    
Gold-ring Velvet Ant (Eurymutilla sp ES1)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Velvet Ant (Wasp: Mutillidae)
Species: Gold-ring Velvet Ant (Eurymutilla sp ES1)
This Photo:     Wingless Female

Thank you Dr Kevin Williams for identifying this species for us

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
About 10mm long (head & body).
A more technical term for wingless insects is "Apterous".
This one is all black. We are pretty sure the brown on top is dirt.

Copyright © 2016- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 20-Jan-2016
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.