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snooked May 2, 2009 8:25 PM

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Best picture I could get, it was constantly darting around. Looked like a giant ant with bright orange hair?

Ed

penolta May 2, 2009 9:37 PM

I remember these Mutillids from my student days in Florida. The red color is meant as a warning. It is a female Velvet Ant (a wingless wasp with a really vicious sting) - males are winged, colored differently, and cannot sting. Trust me - you do not want to find out the hard way how badly they can sting - it is commonly known as a "cow killer" ("nuff said). :shock: It really doesn't kill, but its sting is said to be the most painful of any North American insect, so it just feels like it could! :cry:

Goldwinger May 2, 2009 9:43 PM

Still, a great shot Ed, :cool:
be careful...
GW:bye:


Rodney9 May 2, 2009 10:15 PM

Ouch! It looks dangerous, well taken.

nhmom May 2, 2009 10:48 PM

Okay. Well, we'll just let them stay in Florida! Sounds ugly.

Patty

snooked May 3, 2009 10:25 AM

penolta wrote:
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I remember these Mutillids from my student days in Florida. The red color is meant as a warning. It is a female Velvet Ant (a wingless wasp with a really vicious sting) - males are winged, colored differently, and cannot sting. Trust me - you do not want to find out the hard way how badly they can sting - it is commonly known as a "cow killer" ("nuff said). :shock: It really doesn't kill, but its sting is said to be the most painful of any North American insect, so it just feels like it could! :cry:
Thanks, somewhere in the deep recesses of my aging mind I remember reding about these. I do not remember seeing one live before.

Ed

bigdawg May 3, 2009 8:08 PM

Round here they are called Cow Ants. Very nasty sting. Ant's are really wingless wasps and sting not bite.

Dawg

mole May 4, 2009 6:11 AM

Fine shot of a velvet "ant." Another common name is the Cow Killer! They don't kill cows, but (having been stung by a few) I can tell you it feels like it would kill a cow! It's rare for them to sting, unless you annoy them - what do you suppose I was doing before I got stung! Anyway, a great shot with nice details!


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