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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 :)
Spotted on May 18, 2013
Submitted on May 19, 2013
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Thanks Sergio and Mark :)
Nice shots Cindy. Love the two-tone glitter effect.
He he. No but there's apparently a yellow which is now on my list to spot.
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 :)
Amazing series Cindy,congrats and thanks for sharing
Beautiful series, Cindy!
Super hairy awesome spot Cindy!
very beautiful and first seen for me.
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.
what a beauty!!
I think so too, Sckel.
gorgeous as she shines
Thank you Debbie. This was the most brilliant colored wasp I've seen :)
Brilliant spotting, love the vibrance of the red and great photos cindy.