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Cow Killer

Dasymutilla occidentalis




2 species ID suggestions

Red Velvet Ant
Dasymutilla occidentalis (Linnaeus, 1758) Velvet Ants, Cow Killers (Family: Mutillidae)

9 Comments

MayraSpringmann
MayraSpringmann a year ago

Nice color!

Maria dB
Maria dB a year ago

nice series and the sound recording is interesting!

Aaron_G
Aaron_G a year ago

You are correct about the sex - it is a female. And yes, the stinger is quite long... and retractable AND they can direct it where they need it!

Here's what a male D. occidentalis looks like:
http://www.projectnoah.org/spottings/847...

Wilsons
Wilsons a year ago

the stinger is huge! i try to remember to wear shoes around dusk when they come out.

Very cool and the sound is incredible :)

Wilsons
Wilsons a year ago

you can hear the sound it makes here
http://soundcloud.com/richarddevine/reco...

Wilsons
Wilsons a year ago

This was on my front porch. I believe it female because it doesn't have wings. It makes a funny sound when startled. My hummingbird feeder was dripping, this attracted the small ants then this wasp (the cow killer) showed up. Maybe to eat the ants?

harsuame
harsuame a year ago

Wow hermoso color

Interesting spot can you tell us where do you find it ?

Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee, USA

Lat: 36.17, Long: -86.81

Spotted on Aug 7, 2012
Submitted on Aug 7, 2012

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