• Boorhaman discovery truly is the ant’s pants

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    VELVET UNDER BARK: Alan Lappin shows the type of habitat on his North Boorhaman property where the rare Velvet Ants were discovered recently. PHOTO: Mel Guy

    THE first ever record of a poorly-known Australian insect has been found on a property in Boorhaman North.

    Velvet Ants are fuzzy insects that chew into the nests of wasps and bees where they lay an egg on a young pupa.

    Trust for Nature conservation officer, Zoï Banikos said the discovery came when a team was doing an ecological assessment on the property owned by well known North East environmentalist Alan Lappin.

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