Chyphotes sp. 
Southern California, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2005

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.

USA, CA: San Diego Co., Clark Dry Lake, Anza Borrego Desert State Park.
3.iv.2005  33º20'N 116º18'W, 170m
Sonoran (Colorado) desert
#AW2601, voucher specimens deposited at ALWC

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