Velvet Ant Female

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.

Velvet Ant - Grand Junction, CO - July 2013 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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