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cow killer / velvet ant

Dasymutilla occidentalis (Linnaeus)


the cow killer also known as the velvet ant isnt an ant but a wingless wasp the females have no wings and a powerful sting that they say hurts so bad it could kill a cow the males have wings and cant sting


the cow killer is a loner about 1 for every 100 square yards they like dry sandy areas and feed on water and nector

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Hudson, New Hampshire, USA

Lat: 42.76, Long: -71.44

Spotted on Jul 12, 2011
Submitted on Jul 12, 2011

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