Strange Orange Ant?

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Strange Orange Ant?

Post: # 37161Post Sponge
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:17 pm

My mother took this picture of a strange looking ant on our patio and sent it to me.
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Sadly this is the only image we have of this ant.

It is low priority but I would appreciate it if you guys could identify this ant's species.

MaxGen
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Re: Strange Orange Ant?

Post: # 37162Post MaxGen
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:36 pm

That looks like a velvet ant/Cow killer ant. It's not an ant, but rather a wasp

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutillidae

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Re: Strange Orange Ant?

Post: # 37163Post Sponge
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:39 pm

MaxGen wrote:
Fri Jun 08, 2018 8:36 pm
That looks like a velvet ant/Cow killer ant. It's not an ant, but rather a wasp

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mutillidae
I suspected that, but I thought the wasps were more hairy. I'm inclined to believe you as it doesn't really look like an ant, just strange it doesn't look like most velvet wasps either.

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Re: Strange Orange Ant?

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