Valentine and Walker (1983) noted that a number of single specimens were collected in the western suburbs of Auckland city in 1963, 1971, 1972, 1975, but because of the infrequency of collection it was thought that these were just chance discoveries of recently arrived immigrants and that a population may not be established. The capture of many more specimens, at widely separated localities, during our Malaise trapping project (1979-1981), confirms that a single species is well established in the Auckland region.
Unintentional Introduced species
Mutillidae are commonly called "velvet ants" because of the resemblance of the females to ants and their dense coating of fine hairs. Females are wingless - but these are rarely caught. Males are more often caught and also have bright colouration and dense hairs.
Infrequently collected around various surburbs of Auckland. However, a specimen was also collected in Northland at Waima Forest, Waiotemarama Tk in 2011, showing the species can tolerate a wider range of habitats.