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Thistledown Velvet Ant (Dasymutilla gloriosa). Velvet ants are not really ants; they are wingless female wasps. Males are winged like other wasps. This velvet ant has been observed on sand dunes to roll down the dune if disturbed, like a piece of thistledown. Arizona.
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