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Old Jun 20, 2012, 8:26 PM   #1
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Left my air conditioned oasis for a bit to see what I could see
#1&2 a big ole Cow Killer (aka Velvet Red Ant) Last year I had a *lot* of Giant Cicada Killer wasps who lay their eggs in burrows. This year I have a *lot* of Cow Killers who lay their eggs on the GCK larva so the Cow Killer larva can feed on the GCK larva when they hatch. They are actually wasps, the females are wingless. I think the name cow killer is because they sting pretty hard, and people think they are an ant and that would be a really strong sting for an ant. (thus "hard enough to kill a cow")
#3 a young Cow Killer, this one is about a cm, the other was over an inch. they are really hard to photograph. They move erratically like lightning and rarely stop unless under cover.
#4 Pretty lizard that is claiming my unfinished patio project as his territory
#5 a goofy photo that I actually ended up really liking. It's a shadow of a male black widow on a blue hackett stone. I thought about playing with the colors to make it look like a nebula in a milky way filled night sky, but probably never will.
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Old Jun 20, 2012, 11:52 PM   #2
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Played with the color a bit, this is kinda what i thought of when I first looked at the pic. Looks better if you squint a bit, LOL
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Excellent shots - I used to love catching cow killers as a kid. I don't see too many where I live now.
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