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Velvet Ant

Dasymutilla aureola

Description:

Bright red, fuzzy, wingless wasp that looks like an ant at first glance. The legs, face and underside are black.

Habitat:

Crossing a trail in Chaparral. This species is found in dryer areas of the western coast of the US and Mexico.

Notes:

The females in this family are wingless, resemble a fuzzy ant, and can sting. The males have wings, look more like a typical wasp, and are larger.

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Ramona, California, United States

Spotted on Jul 22, 2020
Submitted on Jul 24, 2020

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