Velvet Ant – 5/19/13

Observer: Paul Lauenstein

Observation Date: 5/19/13

Observation Time: 3:20 p.m.

Observation Location: Gavins Pond area

Common Name: Velvet Ant

Scientific Name: Pseudomethoca simillima

Comments: This ant-like creature is not an ant at all, but rather a wingless wasp. It can sting you, so don’t pick it up!

Watch (and listen) to a velvet ant in action.

More Information: The Backyard Arthropod Project

Velvet Ant

Velvet Ant