It looks like it could be either some kind of a big ant or a poor bee that lost it's wings.
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Do they sting? Are they otherwise harmful? I'm glad holestory asked because I've seen something similar to these on my stone steps leading down to my house. My bugs may the the same ones. I think mine are dark charcoal gray and red. They are pretty.
If yours are the eastern velvet ants then it is likely since they are wasps. Because they do not have wings, it can only happen if you step on them or something similar.
On the side of the cement(?), it is the red mark with two black stripes at one end - it has a dark shadow above it on the cement. (I believe that the pinkish color up top is the inside of an upper piece of cement.)
Yes, now I can see. It is an ant, but very rarely found here. I think it has wings also and able to fly. I have seen some during my trips to hillocks and outskirts twice or so.
The female velvet ant is a wasp and has only two parts, go to:
click down once and see photo on right, click on photo to enlarge.
What an interesting insect that is. I have never come across a Velvet Ant wasp. Thank you for the information The Examiner-1.
To be an insect it has to have 3 body parts, and it does.
Thanks, The Examiner-1. I am able to know about the velvet ant by clicking your link. Males have wings and females don't have wings and are shorter than males to be carried away by them.
You are welcome Venkatachari M. :-) Have a nice week.
In the east they are eastern velvet ants. Wasps whose wingless females resemble large, hairy ants. So it is actually a female wasp without wings.