Southern California, USA
Bradynobaenid wasps are infrequently encountered 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.
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This image was captured with a Canon EOS D60 with a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.