Velvet Ant

Subject:  Is this a velvet ant species?
Geographic location of the bug:  Washington, Texas
Date: 08/04/2018
Time: 11:04 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Found this in our home in Washington, Texas. Looks like an ant, but could be a velvet ant (aka wasp). I’d appreciate any help identifying!
How you want your letter signed:  Thank you!

Velvet Ant

You are correct that this is a Velvet Ant, a flightless female wasp in the family Mutillidae and not a true Ant.  Velvet Ants should be handled with caution as they are capable of delivering a painful sting.  We are unable to provide you with a species name at this time.

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