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Orange Ant with Stinger - Gelis - female

Orange Ant with Stinger - Gelis - Female
Fairmont, Marion County, West Virginia, USA
May 12, 2011
A very small orange-ish ant with a stinger and 2 black stripes.

Moved from ID Request.

Wingless wasp
I think it's a wingless wasp, maybe related to this one:

I've never heard of a wingless wasp! Thanks so much! :)

You can tell the difference by the clearly visible ovipositor. Many parasitic wasps keep it permanently extended. The stinging wasps, where the ovipositor is used exclusively to inject venom, normally keep it inside when they aren't using it. Ants and bees are classified with the stinging wasps.

So this is a female, because it has an ovipositor.

Very cool
Thank you, that's so interesting. :)

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