Ant w/ red dots & Spider
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Date Photo Taken: 08/24/2013
Location: Snellville, GA
Posted By: Phil Davis
Wife found the ant in our backyard. The spider is between our plants in the front yard.
The first is a red velvet ant and the second is a yellow orb weaver.
top pic looks like a “cow killer”
Bottom pic looks like a common garden spider (Argiope aurantia)
We would call the spider a writin’ spider, and if he wrote your name in his web, well you can guess the rest. It’s a good spider and does not bite.
The “ant” is actually a female wasp of some kind. Common name for this bug is “cow killer” or “red velvet ant.” But again, it’s not an ant. The spider is commonly called a “writing spider”, not sure what the proper name is.
Don’t mess with the “ant”. It’s really a wingless ground wasp and if it stings you, you will
wish for death.
Argiope spider…the inspiration for Charlotte.
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