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Psorthaspis mariae - female

Psorthaspis mariae - Female
Hawks Nest State Park, Fayette County, West Virginia, USA
September 8, 2009
My son spotted this brightly colored wasp crawling rapidly on the stone overlook at Hawks Nest State Park. When I approached it to take a photograph, it flew only a short distance, then landed and began walking rapidly again. Knowing the potency of the sting of a Velvet Ant, and assuming the probability was high that this is what I was seeing, I stayed back to avoid irritating it too much!

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Psorthaspis mariae - female Psorthaspis mariae - female

Moved
Moved from ID Request.

Image cropped
so others can see the insect better.

 
Please let me know if you wou
Please let me know if you would like my image cropped. Whatever you did to it, caused the image to lose color! Thanks!

 
Always crop
close to "just the bug".

I just cut off the large border.

 
I don't always think about ho
I don't always think about how close I should be cropping.. sometimes I think I am cropping for my Flickr account.. I uploaded a new version with the full color restored! I'll try to keep the cropping closer in the future!

Nice image.
Great find, too! Nick Fensler's ID is the correct one. Had no idea this genus got that far north....

Psorthaspis
Psorthaspis mariae, female (so it does have a stinger)

 
Thanks!
Thanks!

actually I do not believe thi
actually I do not believe this is a velvet ant male, it is some other wasp, perhaps a pompillid of some sort, but not able to come up with the name. I certainly looks familiar.

A male Velvet Ant,
and I think you are right, does not have a stinger.

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