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I was in logan dale Nevada and noticed a red ant looking insect when I really looked at it it was quite larger than any ant I've ever saw. It was a bit larger than a ladybug a red color and looked fuzzy. I was hoping you could tell me what it was.  I've never seen am insect like this one before

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Hello Nukoma,

Please try to send a photo with your identification requests. This enables me to make a confident identification. However, I suspect that you may have seen a Red Velvet Ant, which is actually a type of wasp whose females look like ants. They are large, red and fuzzy. Here are some websites you can check out with good photos. Take a look at the photos to see if they look anything like what you saw. If they don't, let me know what was different and I will do my best to figure out what it was.

1. http://ferrebeekeeper.wordpress.com/2012/04/11/5048/
2. http://bugguide.net/node/view/159/

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Jessica

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Jessica Mellinger

Expertise

I can answer questions about invertebrates native to California, including insects commonly found in homes. If you have an identification request, please attach a photo to your question.

Experience

I was involved in collection and identification of invertebrates for the United States Geological Survey, Biological Resources Division for six years. Also, I provided these same services intermittently for the UC Davis John Muir Institute of the Environment for many years. I have been a member of AllExperts.com since 2009.

Organizations
Department of the Interior: United States Geological Survey, Davis Field Station; University of California, Davis Aggie Alumni Association; UC Davis Center for Neuroscience; U.S. Department of Veteran's Affairs

Education/Credentials
I have two B.A.'s from the University of California, Davis and two Associate's degrees from Sacramento City College.

Awards and Honors
Special Thanks for Achieving Results award from the Department of the Interior

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