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Red Velvet Ant (Cow Killer)

Dasymutilla occidentalis

1 species ID suggestions

bob242 7 years ago
Red Velvet Ant or "Cow Killer"
Dasymutilla occidentalis Species Dasymutilla occidentalis - Cow Killer - BugGuide.Net


lori.tas 6 years ago

Rubens, they are a ant mimic wasps, with a very painful sting - which has been described as strong enough to "kill a cow" (although it wouldn't really)

rubens.luciano 6 years ago

Why "cow killer" ?

Charlotte, North Carolina, USA

Lat: 35.10, Long: -81.03

Spotted on May 1, 2010
Submitted on May 11, 2011

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