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Copyright: Francisco Mello (Mello) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 140 W: 34 N: 480] (2419)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-11-09
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D300, Sigma 105 F2.8 Macro.
Exposure: f/16, 1/125 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
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Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Eliz strange, exotic or little known species - 3 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-11-09 11:39
Viewed: 4932
Points: 11
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Mutillidae are a family of wasps whose wingless females resemble ants. Their common name velvet ant refers to their dense hair which may be red, black, white, silver, or gold. They are known for their extremely painful sting, facetiously said to be strong enough to kill a cow, hence the common name cow killer or cow ant is applied to some species.

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Hi Francisco,

Great macro shot of this ant with good colors. The detail is really good with all the hairs on the body and head showing.
Great capture and TFS.


hello Francisco
Yes it is a velvetant
a special one with very nice colours
i do not knowe witch specie
i have also a velvet on TN
look to my Greece picture´s
greeting lou

  • eliz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 167 W: 20 N: 271] (1537)
  • [2009-11-09 14:21]

very interesting species

wow.. sure does look like one! nice shot, clear and decent. i love the foreground and only wish the background was entirely green... this is a fantastic shot none the less tfs!

great shot i guess could be get better in sharpness, but it´s not a ant, it´s a wasp!
Thanks for share


Mutilí­deos: Famí­lia (Mutillidae) de insetos himenípteros, que inclui espécies vulgarmente conhecidas como formigas-feiticeiras; os machos são alados e vivem sobre flores e ramagens, as fêmeas, ípteras, peludas e com manchas coloridas no abdome, perambulam pelo chão. Estes insetos se distinguem das verdadeiras formigas pela ausência de nodosidades no pecí­olo, liso e curto, que liga o tórax ao abdome.

Hello Francisco.
This ant is indeed verry interesting.
Nice colours on it back.
Good picture.Well done.
Best regards.Alin.

nice closeup, TFS Ori

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