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Red velvet ant (female)

Dasymutilla occidentalis

Description:

A red and black wingless wasp covered in velvety hair. About 3/4"long.

Notes:

Females are capable of an extremely painful sting, hence the commonly used name "cow killer". Males are similar but have wings and can not sting.


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Virginia, USA

Lat: 37.77, Long: -78.51

Spotted on Aug 27, 2012
Submitted on Aug 29, 2012

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