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orange and black ant thing

this bug is big, has an orange and black body it's rear end is higher then it's head, it looks fuzzy, i thought it might be an ant of some kind, it moves real fast and i've never seen one before this year.

Giant orange and black ant?
I have the same type of ant described by others, but it doesn't exactly look like the pictures of a velvet ant. It looks less like a wingless wasp and more like an ant. It reared its back up like a tarantula when it felt threatened. What is it and should I get rid of it?

 
Did it look like this? Furthermore, what the #$%* is this?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0HYPz_hxrg&list=UUhl3ru0g_VHt1X1opYkPtSw&index=1&feature=plcp

I'd like to know what the heck this thing is. If you recognize it please let me know. It freaked me out!!

I found this in San Diego, CA. It kind of carried itself like a tarantula and did rear it's butt up at me. #freaky

 
Jerusalem Cricket
Looks like a Stenopelmatus - Jerusalem Cricket. There are 9 pages of photos in Bugguide so it must be fairly common in the western part of the US.

 
We do not give pest control advice...
They are solitary and rarely come in numbers more than a couple around an area. We do not offer pest control advice, more or less how to live with our invertebrate neighbors. If you are truly concerned about possible stings, all I can tell you is to seek a professional. They act like any wasp, only stinging if threatened. I've heard it smarts a bit. Reason why to always wear shoes outside. But they will rather be left alone.

Not
One of one of these?

Not an ant
My family recently saw the same type of insect. It was about an inch long and the way it moved and held its body reminded us of a tarantula. It held its rear end up in the air and it had more of a tiger striping than the picture that you have. Any ideas as to what this might have been?

 
Look through all 8 pages of Dasymutilla
and see if you can spot your insect. Click here.

 
None of those
I have only seen this insect once and it is not the picture below and it is not any of the things on the linked page. And when I said that it looked like a tarantula, I meant scorpion, especially with the way it held up it's back end.

 
Maybe something like this?
or this

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Velvet ant
Chances are that you have found a female velvet ant. They can give a painful bite though, so don't touch them.


 
nope
that's not my bug it's bigger and it's back legs are longer then the front, i live in kansas if that helps

 
Velvet Ant
From your description I still think you're looking at a velvet ant. The orange and black coloring is one of their many color combinations. They're fairly common in the Midwest and South I've even found them in Oregon. They are actually a solitary wasp, the female (which I think you've found) is flightless and the male has wings. The female can give a severe sting! Don't handle! Some species are called "Cow Killers" because of the severity of their sting. There are a lot of people on this site with more knowledge of these insects than me. Maybe you could post a photo.

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