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If it's not a male velvet ant, then it's some other type of wasp - not sure what. While he was walking around a picture frame in my friend's house, he was sluggish, and not moving very quickly - so I wrongly assumed he had been in the house for days and was waning for lack of food.
I scooped him into a clear sandwich container with a lid and he made an audible noise that sounded like a scream (I'm totally serious) - it wasn't very loud, but it was the strangest sound coming from a wasp.
The minute I got outside with him and lifted the lid, he flew about 2 feet away and landed on my pants leg - and after I did the "Curly Joe" dance trying to get him off, he flew with great speed to the top of a tall oak and then flew off into the distance.
I've grown up seeing these moths hither and yon - never knew there was such a variety in things that looked so similar.
I have a home brew macro lens on my iPhone - or I wouldn't have been able to get shots of this critter's eyes like this. I had no idea this seemingly flat-looking moth had such large eyes for it's seemingly small body size... nor the type of eyes where you could tell the little guy/gal was looking at you. :)
Thanks for the feedback. I will submit to bugguide for analysis.