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Ant with red head, trunk and black metasoma with white ring around it - Timulla

Ant with red head, trunk and black metasoma with white ring around it - Timulla
Sheboygan, Sheboygan County, Wisconsin, USA
July 30, 2006
I found this ant in my yard in Sheboygan, WI last summer. I'm not sure if it's from this area because I've never seen an ant like it before or since. I was told it's a red velvet ant, but the pics of red velvet ants that I've seen are hairy and don't look like this one. It's about the size of a normal black ant from this area.

Are you sure this isn't a Tha
Are you sure this isn't a Thatching Ant? We have them all over Canada.

Absolutely positive
Absolutely positive

Can you crop this image and enlarge it?

I tried to crop it
but I think it should just be frassed

Maybe Timulla sp?
Some sort of Mutillidae, Velvet Ants. They're not actually ants, but wingless wasps (the males have wings). Be careful, they pack quite a punch if they sting you! I think it's at least in the genus Timulla, but as far as a species ID is concerned, I don't know.

definitiely timulla.
definitiely timulla.

Timulla grotei
Maybe Timulla grotei?

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