Friday Insect Blogging: Red Velvet Ant
This is a Red Velvet Ant (click the pic to enlarge) from the family Multilidae. It is actually a type of wasp. The females are wingless and can deliver a painful sting. The males have wings and cannot sting. I have been seeing these much more frequently this summer, maybe just because I have been looking more closely for this sort of thing. This is the best picture I could get because it was moving so fast.
Here is more information on the Red Velvet Ant and here is a better source if accessible
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