Although they look like ants, Velvet ants are acutally hairy wasps! They scurry about the ground like ants and carry a painful sting.
Males can fly, but females are wingless. Adults drink nectar.
Category: Bee, Ant, Wasp and Similar
Common name: Red Velvet Ant
Scientific Name: Dasymutilla magnifica
Adult Size (Length): 18mm to 21mm (0.71in to 0.83in) [ COMPARE ]
Identifying Colors: black; red
North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Texas, New Mexico, Arizona, Colorado, California, Nevada and Mexico
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