Princeton Nature

Velvet Ants of North America

An authoritative, marvelously illustrated field guide to the velvet ants of North America


Feb 13, 2024
5.5 x 8.5 in.
1,290 color illus. 30 tables.
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Velvet Ants of North America is a beautiful photographic guide to the species of the wasp family Mutillidae found in the United States and Canada. Featuring hundreds of full-color photos, it covers nearly 460 species—representing more than 9 percent of all velvet ant species, which number in the thousands worldwide—providing comprehensive and up-to-date coverage of this spectacular group of insects. This one-of-a-kind guide serves as an invaluable reference for naturalists, scientific researchers, museum specialists, and outdoor enthusiasts.

  • Covers nearly 460 species found in North America and throughout the world
  • Features stunning high-resolution photos of each species
  • Detailed species accounts and keys allow for easy and rewarding identification
  • Sheds invaluable light on taxa from Mesoamerica, the Caribbean, and beyond
  • Provides silhouette images depicting the actual size ranges of species
  • Includes distribution maps of nearly all diurnal species in the United States and Canada