Researchers have discovered that female velvet ants are pretty damn tough. The insects, found in the eastern United States, are actually a type of wasp and have a sting so painful it’s earned the critters the nickname "cow killer". Female velvet ants are wingless.
Close up shots of male and female Velvet Ants (Dasymutilla occidentalis) which are actually wasps. Males are fighting over a burrow from which a female will likely emerge. Contribution to the.
Despite their popular name, velvet ants are not true ants but in fact belong to a family of parasitic wasps called Mutillidae. Female velvet ants are equipped with a very po.wer stinger and the sting can be extraordinarily painful.
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