The Velvet Ant

Wednesday June 22, 2011
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velvet ant wasp found in Torrey Pines, CA

Velvet ant is a unique wasp of southern California

Have you ever seen a velvet ant? This really cute and furry “ant” is actually a wasp. It is the heavy fur that gives it away as a wasp. The female velvet ant which we should stop calling an ant, is wingless. It’s male counterpart does indeed have wings. I have read that the sting of a velvet ant is very painful, most likely used to subdue ground dwelling social insects.


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