Monday, December 12, 2011

Case of the Panda Ant


A panda ant? I just had to find out more about this insect.

Surprisingly this charismatic "ant" was difficult to find, and involved translating a lot of spanish text. Alas I discovered this "ant" is actually a wingless wasp from Chile. The specimens collected and cataloged in the Virtual Biodiversity Insectarium were hermaphrodites about 8mm in length from a near coastal region in central Chile.



Pretty cute for a wasp.. but its interesting how similar it looks to this Thistledown Velvet Ant, Dasymutilla gloriosa found in Mexico, California, Texas, Utah, Nevada, and Arizona.


Freaky.

2 comments:

  1. That wasp, really interesting thing. A flightless one! Who would ever notice! Those insects, so tiny, yet so powerfull. What about bees? Got notices about the devastation of their hives? Thanks!

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