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, EXIF data is for the featured 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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