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Red Velvet Ant

Dasymutilla aureola


Brilliant red, female, wingless wasp with black legs, underside and antennae. They're solitary wasps and are usually seen crossing a trail.


Mixed oak forest. This is one of four velvet ants that we saw on a hike.


Spotted by one of my teen nature enthusiasts :)

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Thanks Sergio and Mark :)

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 11 years ago

Nice shots Cindy. Love the two-tone glitter effect.

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 11 years ago


He he. No but there's apparently a yellow which is now on my list to spot.

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 11 years ago

Wow! red and white velvet ants. Do you have a purple one? hehe Beautiful spottings Cindy

Thank you all for the comments! This beautiful wasp was just screaming for attention with her shiny, red hair :)

LaurenZarate 11 years ago

Beautiful shots!

Amazing series Cindy,congrats and thanks for sharing

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 11 years ago

Beautiful series, Cindy!

Dan Doucette
Dan Doucette 11 years ago

Super hairy awesome spot Cindy!

outsidegirl0 11 years ago

oh woooooooooooooooooooooow!

TicThapanya 11 years ago

very beautiful and first seen for me.

RiekoS 11 years ago

I have never seen this ant before. Thank you for sharing.

Thank you for the comments! The common name is deceiving in that this is actually a wingless wasp.

Hema  Shah
Hema Shah 11 years ago

what a beauty!!

YukoChartraw 11 years ago

Gorgeous ant!

trikkiwoo75 11 years ago


I think so too, Sckel.

Sckel 11 years ago

gorgeous as she shines

Thank you Debbie. This was the most brilliant colored wasp I've seen :)

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 11 years ago

Brilliant spotting, love the vibrance of the red and great photos cindy.

Escondido, California, USA

Spotted on May 18, 2013
Submitted on May 19, 2013

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