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Ornate Spider Wasp - Psorthaspis mariae
Horton's Pond, Chatham County, North Carolina, USA
September 23, 2005
Size: 13 mm
Josh Rose saw this very active wasp hunting in leaf litter. At first we all thought it was a male velvet ant. I captured it, and on examination, I think it is likely a spider wasp. Chilled for photography, and length measured. Presumably a female, based on the hunting behavior.
Thanks to Herschel Raney for this identification!