velvet ant from side
velvet ant from rear

Common Name: Velvet Ant
Scientific Name: Mutillidae
Size: 15-25mm 
Location: Sitapaila, Kathmandu,  Nepal


Although they look like ants and are also commonly known as Velvet Ant, these critters fall under the Vespoidea family in which the members are wasps and ant. Velvet Ants are generally solitary creatures unlike ants which are social and are normally seen in multiple numbers. Velvet Ants tend to have a nasty bite  which can render a human with pain for a long time. The female velvet ants are wingless.

*Pictures above are of different Velvet Ants.

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  1. Bronwyn

    Lovely! is the side view the same individual as the rear view? the patterning looks different… is it common for there to be variation? It would be great if we could zoom into the smaller photos as well as the main shot!

    • The patterning is different as the posted pictures are of different velvet ants. My apologies for posting different photos of velvet ants and not mentioning it in the description above which I’ve corrected now. Thank you so much for the reminder, Bronwyn.

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