"Red bug" bites, fire ant bites, the two huge yellow corn spiders, leaf-footed bugs, orange dog caterpillar, Hercules beetle, and now October brings us ...
Red Velvet Ants.
It has definitely been a summer of bugs that are new to me!
On my way to the mailbox yesterday, I encountered this zigzagging across the sand.
(By the time I could get my camera she had disappeared into the grass and this is a photo from a website called DesertUSA. There is lots more info there if you would like to visit.)
She is not really an ant at all but a wingless wasp with such a painful sting that her other name is Cow Killer. And she is big! An inch to one and a half inches ( 2.5 - 4 cm) long!
Even more exciting, the velvet ants come in other bright colors including royal blue, orange, and gray.
I kid you not!