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Velvet Ant, Family: Mutillidae sp., not yet described. This species was photographed at the Crayfish lab in West Liberty University in West Liberty, WV, however, it is originally from Horseshoe Lake, Orange Springs, FL.

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Velvet ant, Family: Mutillidae sp., not yet described. This species was photographed at the Crayfish lab in West Liberty University in West Liberty, WV, however, it is originally from Horseshoe Lake, Orange Springs, FL.

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A thistledown velvet ant (Dasymutilla gloriosa) at Springs Preserve.

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A thistledown velvet ant (Dasymutilla gloriosa) at Springs Preserve.

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A velvet ant (Dasymutilla sp.) at Springs Preserve, Las Vegas, NV.

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A velvet ant (Dasymutilla sp.) at Springs Preserve, Las Vegas, NV.

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A velvet ant (Dasymutilla sp.) at Springs Preserve, Las Vegas, NV.

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A velvet ant (Dasymutilla sp.) at Springs Preserve, Las Vegas, NV.

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A patterned velvet ant (Dasymutilla sicheliana) at Springs Preserve.

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A patterned velvet ant (Dasymutilla sicheliana) at Springs Preserve.

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A velvet ant (Dasymutilla sp.) at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL. This is actually a type of wasp that has a really painful sting.

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A velvet ant (Dasymutilla sp.) at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL. This is actually a type of wasp that has a really painful sting.

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A velvet ant (Dasymutilla sp.) at the Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, FL. This is actually a type of wasp that has a really painful sting.

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