Subject: Big red ant?
Location: Central Florida
October 29, 2016 9:52 am
Found this ant crawling around on my patio in central Florida, late October but still plenty warm. Never seen such a big ant here before and would like to know if they are an issue.
This Velvet Ant, which is actually a flightless female wasp that can deliver a very painful sting if carelessly handled, appears to be Dasymutilla archboldi which is pictured on BugGuide and found in Florida.