Odontomutilla grossa. Covered in gaudy colors to...
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Image #cld1416017
SpeciesOdontomutilla grossa
LocalitySarawak, Malaysia
DescriptionCovered in gaudy colors to warn of her painful sting, a female velvet ant scurries about the rainforest floor in search of a nest to parasitize. These are not ants at all but actually a type of wasp (family Mutillidae) in which the females are completely wingless. Eggs are laid in the nests of other wasps or bees where they feed on the larvae of their host. 
Keywordsant | aposematic | borneo | coloration | fauna | female | hymenoptera | insect | kubah | mutillidae | nest | parasite | parasitic | velvet | warning | wasp | wingless

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