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Ant-Like Insect ID

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#1 Offline KalenH - Posted June 17 2018 - 8:54 AM



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Hello All,


This insect doesn't register as an ant to me but it seems to have very similar properties. It's antenna are very malleable and worm like. It's mandibles are set very wide, It's got a pointy butt.


Any thoughts on what this is?





Length: 8-10mm.

Location: Georgia, south side of Atlanta in the woods within 20 meters of a creek.








#2 Offline FeedTheAnts - Posted June 17 2018 - 9:18 AM


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It is a Velvet Ant Wasp.

   Keeper Of                   Journal              Formerly TennesseeAnts               Ants I want to collect this year:

Crematogaster ashmeadi                                                                                                                                              #1        Polyergus ruber
                                                                                                                                                     #2       Camponotus castaneus

Crematogaster cerasi                                                                                                                                  

Camponotus chromaiodes


Camponotus discolor

#3 Offline KalenH - Posted June 17 2018 - 10:48 AM



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Cool, thank you! I didn't know those had a spectrum of hair length.

#4 Offline Mirandarachnid - Posted July 12 2018 - 10:48 PM



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If you're interested in keeping these, they like honey water and fruit juices. They do well with other non-predatory bugs, I have a couple different species in an enclosure with some beetles and roaches.  :)

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