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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 8 years ago

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

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 8 years ago


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

Jolly Ibañez
Jolly Ibañez 8 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 8 years ago

Beautiful shots!

Amazing series Cindy,congrats and thanks for sharing

Noel Buensuceso
Noel Buensuceso 8 years ago

Beautiful series, Cindy!

rechkunov 8 years ago

very beautiful! thank you!

dandoucette 8 years ago

Super hairy awesome spot Cindy!

outsidegirl0 8 years ago

oh woooooooooooooooooooooow!

TicThapanya 8 years ago

very beautiful and first seen for me.

RiekoS 8 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 8 years ago

what a beauty!!

YukoChartraw 8 years ago

Gorgeous ant!

trikkiwoo75 8 years ago


I think so too, Sckel.

Sckel 8 years ago

gorgeous as she shines

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

Debbie Stewart
Debbie Stewart 8 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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