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Red velvet ant (male)

Dasymutilla occidentalis


The red velvet ant is a species of parasitoid wasp. Males have dark translucent wings and the females are wingless. About 0.75 in. long. Black with orange-red on top of thorax and a band on abdomen. They are covered in dense, velvet-like hair.


Spotted at Ott Park along the Arkansas River. Wetlands and river bottom hardwoods.

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1 Comment

Tukup a year ago

Ah. The infamous "Cow Killer" ( ). Thanks Brian. Haven't seen one in a while.

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North Little Rock, Arkansas, USA

Spotted on Oct 3, 2019
Submitted on Oct 25, 2019

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