The closest stop sign is over a mile away and the first traffic light is 5+ miles down the road. A visit to the grocery store is almost 30 miles round trip. It's quiet here; just the sound of toads and coyotes at night. It seems very still, but when you look close there's always something happening. Read on about a few things we've noticed over the past few years.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Red velvet ant

It's not really an ant.  It's a wasp.  They look so fuzzy I want to pet one but I've read their sting is painful.  No wings on this insect, I often see a lone soldier out for a walk in the spring or summer.  Their common nickname is the cow killer. Like other wasps, they can inflict repeated stings, this must be what spurned their nickname.   

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