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A Northern paper wasp (Polistes fuscatus) photographed at Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center near Denton, NE. This animal was originally collected from Bobcat Prairie near Denton, NE.

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A northern paper wasp (Polistes fuscatus) photographed at Spring Creek Prairie Audubon Center near Denton, NE. This animal was originally collected from Bobcat Prairie near Denton, NE.

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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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Emerald cockroach wasp (Ampulex compressa) at the Budapest Zoo. This species is parasitic and lays eggs on cockroaches for the young wasps to feed on upon hatching.

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Emerald cockroach wasp (Ampulex compressa) at the Budapest Zoo. This species is parasitic and lays eggs on cockroaches for the young wasps to feed on upon hatching.

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A queen paper wasp (Polistes perplexus) at the St. Louis Zoo.

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A queen paper wasp (Polistes perplexus) at the St. Louis Zoo.

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A zebra paper wasp (Polistes exclamans) at the Dallas Zoo.

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A zebra paper wasp (Polistes exclamans) at the Dallas Zoo.

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Zebra paper wasps (Polistes exclamans) at the Dallas Zoo.

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A red velvet ant (Dasymutilla occidentalis) at the Tulsa Zoo.

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A red velvet ant (Dasymutilla occidentalis) at the Tulsa Zoo.

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A red velvet ant (Dasymutilla occidentalis) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans, Louisiana.

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Paper wasp, an introduced/non-native species on Santa Cruz Island in Galapagos National Park.

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A red velvet ant (Dasymutilla occidentalis) at the Audubon Zoo in New Orleans. Actually a wasp, females do not have wings and have a very painful sting, hence the warning coloration.

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The nest of the paper wasp (Polistes Latreille), an introduced/non-native species on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos National Park.

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A wasp found in a cloud forest reserve near Mindo, Ecuador.

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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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