Chyphotes sp.
Churchill Co., Nevada, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2004

Bradynobaenid wasps are infrequently seen insects that inhabit arid regions around the world.  Females, such as the Chyphotes pictured here, are wingless and resemble nocturnal velvet ants (Mutillidae).  Males are winged.  Little is known about their natural history, but they may be parasites of Solifugae, the sun scorpions.

USA, NV, Churchill Co.: Sand Springs Dune
7.vii.2004, 39º17'N 118º25'W, 1200m
Great Basin Desert, on sand dunes, 2200hr.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60, with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.