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This weekend my family and I went on a trip to Randolph Virginia for a random get together and we came across a state park that we decided to meander through. While walking through the trails and seeing all kinds of neat things, we came across this single Mutillidae, aka cowkiller or velvet ant. These specimens are actually closer related to wasps. This specific Mutillidae is a female due to its lack of wings and its stinger.
The Mutillidae is typically found in dry environments with humid and hot temperatures.
Sarah Whitehead August 31, 2014 Randolph Virginia
Spotted on Aug 31, 2014
Submitted on Sep 1, 2014