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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)


MayraSpringmann 5 years ago

Nice color!

Maria dB
Maria dB 5 years ago

nice series and the sound recording is interesting!

Aaron_G 5 years 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:

Wilsons 5 years ago

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

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 5 years ago

Very cool and the sound is incredible :)

Wilsons 5 years ago

you can hear the sound it makes here

Wilsons 5 years 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 5 years ago

Wow hermoso color

Gerardo Aizpuru
Gerardo Aizpuru 5 years ago

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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