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Red Velvet Ant

Dasymutilla magnifica


Male 3/4", female 7/8". Actually a wasp but female has no wings, thus looking like a large ant. Red and black colored hair sometimes yellow, orange or brown.


Arid and semiarid open lands.

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JudyCrawford 9 years ago

The sting of this insect is almost as bad as that of the Tarantula Hawk. They too paralyze their prey and lay their egg on it for the larva to live on.

unbelievable, stunning insect.

Desmond.E.S.O 9 years ago

I love these types of ants!

wonderful spot!

vipin.baliga 10 years ago

What a strange looking ant!! Fantastic!!

Mona Pirih
Mona Pirih 10 years ago

Wow !!! Fantastic.. Great spotting !!

Great spotting, Judy! This would be a wonderful addition to the Southern California Wildlife mission:

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California, USA

Spotted on Jul 8, 2013
Submitted on Jul 8, 2013

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