Red Velvet Ant (Dasymutilla occidentalis) _5239 by Eric Gofreed on Flickr.Two things are very important to remember about these beautiful little ants. 1. They are NOT ANTS. They are wingless WASPS! And 2; their stinger is VERY PAINFUL as I recently found out.
This is a female. Males have wings and look like wasps.

Red Velvet Ant (Dasymutilla occidentalis) _5239 by Eric Gofreed on Flickr.

Two things are very important to remember about these beautiful little ants. 1. They are NOT ANTS. They are wingless WASPS! And 2; their stinger is VERY PAINFUL as I recently found out.

This is a female. Males have wings and look like wasps.

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