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Velvet Ant

Observed: 22nd August 2013 By: Major BombyliusMajor Bombylius’s reputation in InvertebratesMajor Bombylius’s reputation in InvertebratesMajor Bombylius’s reputation in InvertebratesMajor Bombylius’s reputation in Invertebrates
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Description:

Habitat was actually Mediterranean Maquis (sandy coastal heath-like habitat)

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

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Not Mutilla itself but certainly a female Mutillid! (check out the pattern of the golden hair on the abdomen)

Stuart
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Thanks Stuart I agree. I

Thanks Stuart I agree. I thought there was some variation in the precise pattern but overall this one seems very different and maybe closer to other mediterranean taxa such as Ronisia. R.ghilianii has a very similar pattern of white markings on the head as well as the abdomen. http://www.naturamediterraneo.com