Velvet Ant
Wingless Female
Ellura
Banded Velvet Ant
Male, dorsal
 
    
Black Velvet Ant (cf Ephutomorpha sp ES1)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Ant Bee Wasps (Hymenoptera)
Family: Velvet Ant (Wasp: Mutillidae)
Species: Black Velvet Ant (cf Ephutomorpha 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
These are actually wasps. But the females are wingless and look like ants; hence the common name.
About 9mm long (head & body)

Copyright © 2014- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 04-Mar-2014
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.