Definition of velvet ant in English:

velvet ant

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An ant-like velvety-bodied insect that is related to the wasps. The female is wingless and the larvae parasitize the young of bees and wasps in the nest.
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  • Arizona alone boasts 40 species each of scorpions and velvet ants, and 250 butterflies; the Sonoran Desert has 40 species of termites.
  • So, if you see velvet ants, there is probably an underground wasp nest or bee nest somewhere close.
  • The velvet ant lays its eggs inside the body of living caterpillars, ants, bees and beetles.

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