Hoplomutilla sp.

Spherical-eyed Velvet Ant

Hoplomutilla sp., image from Guyana


Family: Mutillidae

Subfamily: Sphaeropthalminae

Length: wasp in the photo 12 mm



Members of this family develop as ectoparasites in the nests of other Hymenoptera; in the case of Hoplomutilla the hosts are bees in the subfamily Apinae.

Genus Hoplomutilla is in the subfamily Sphaeropthalminae, a group characterized by eyes that are spherical and very protuberant. The eyes have a smooth, uniform appearance; individual facets are essentially impossible to discern (Brothers, in Hanson and Gauld, eds., 2006).

Members of the genus Hoplomutilla are found from Nicaragua to northern Argentina.

Photo location: Along the Rupununi River, Guyana.

Spherical-eyed Velvet Ant, Hoplomutilla sp., Guyana photo

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