Red Velvet Ant
Wingless Female
Ellura
Banded Velvet Ant
Male, wing venation & ventral
 
    
Banded Velvet Ant (Mutillidae sp ES4)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Velvet Ant (Wasp: Mutillidae)
Species: Banded Velvet Ant (Mutillidae sp ES4)
This Photo:     Male, dorsal

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee)
Normally the females are the only velvet ants seen, not because of rarity but probably because they are flightless. However, the odd male (as here) is occationally photographed. There seems to be very little reference material to identifiy Mutillidae family closer than family; so it's quite possible this is the same as a female we have already posted.
About 10mm long (head & body)

Copyright © 2017- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 07-Feb-2017
This species is an Australian Native Species