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Velvet Ant

Dasymutilla

Description:

Despite its name, this is not an ant, but a wasp! Female are wingless and resembles hairy ants. The sting is painful.

Habitat:

Yellowstone national park geyser and hot spring ranges.

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4 Comments

artistatheart
artistatheart 7 years ago

I've known them to be called "cow killers". They say the sting is so painful it could kill a cow.

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

It happened the same to me in an older spotting of a velvet ant.

Noah Citizen
Noah Citizen 7 years ago

Thank you Luis.
I must admit that I looked forst for true ants, but was really amazed when I finally found it was a wasp.

LuisStevens
LuisStevens 7 years ago

Good find!

Wyoming, USA

Spotted on Aug 24, 2012
Submitted on Jul 1, 2013

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