Is This An Ant Or not?

I thought this was an ant, but it’s actually a kind of wasp, called a mutillid, or “velvet ant.” Thanks to Dale Chumbley for helping me figure this one out. One of my sons saw it first. It has a thick red “fur” all over its body. I tried to get a decent photo of it for about 10 minutes. He was an elusive little bug.

If there are multiple photos in this post, the following EXIF data is for the first photo only:

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: DMC-TZ5
  • Taken: 17 May, 2008
  • Focal length: 4.7mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/320s

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