Velvet Ant

January 27, 2010 | Caraça Natural Park, Minas Gerais, Brazil

I like finding velvet ants, but boy are they tough to photograph in the field. They don’t stand still unless they’re hidden. This crop is the best I could do for this one. I saw one other one like this.

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2 Responses to Velvet Ant

  1. That’s really an attractive species. I probably collect this family more than any other hymenopterans. They certainly are among the most difficult insects to photograph – maddening in fact!

  2. Patrick Coin says:

    Nice one. Once or twice I’ve been able to get the little ones by turning the autofocus to servo, as for sports, and firing a few shots.
    My white take-out food containers work for these, sometimes, though that is an artificial background.

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