Ant or Wasp

Discussion in 'Fly Fishing Entomology' started by jwg, Nov 22, 2012.

  1. jwg

    jwg Active Member

    I am always suspicious of ant sized winged insects I find in the house as I dont want to have termites or carpenter ants.

    Here's something I found this summer (eastern washington resident). I vote wasp, based on the narrow waste, and the pointed abdomen, and the fact that the tail was pulsing like I think a wasps does.

    Is this a wasp?

    What should I look out for with respect to destructive house invading social insects?

    Jay

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  2. Taxon

    Taxon Moderator Staff Member

    Hi jwg-

    I believe it to be a male Velvet Ant (females don't have wings), and probably of genus Odontophotopsis.
     
  3. jwg

    jwg Active Member

    Thanks that's it

    Jay
     
  4. Alex MacDonald

    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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