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Velvet Ant

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Velvet ants are not ants – they are wasps! When seen scurrying around open areas on the  ground, velvet ants do indeed look like hairy ants. However, these wasps lack the angled or elbowed antennae of ants and only have … Continue reading

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Common Aerial Yellowjacket

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While walking along the Little Truckee River (CA) I noticed a large common aerial yellowjacket (Dolichovespula arenaria) nest built near the ground in some shrubs. Yellowjackets are the common name given to wasps in the Vespa and Dolichovespula genera. These predatory … Continue reading

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