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Old Oct 6, 2010, 1:44 PM   #11
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Cow Killers were originally so named because folklore had it that they actually did kill cows (they don't but as Mole said, they do hurt something fierce). If you pick up one of those large Mutillids (this is the largest of the velvet "ants") with a forceps, you will see a Lo-o-o-ng shiny curved black stinger come out - you do not want to mess with one of these! BTW only the females are wingless - the males fly, but do not sting. Why the females are wingless is one of those mysteries (they lay their eggs in Bumblebee burrows, and the larvae are parasitic on the bee grubs), but the males have to to be able to fly to find the females.

Oh - and your "lima Beans" look like Duckweed to me, and your dragonflies are probably Eastern Pondhawks (the male is blue and the females are green).
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It's a good thing you don't get these in my country, I just looked up Mutillid's and found the awesome Dasymutilla Gloriosa, if they had them here I would be hunting them every lunchtime, and probably be stung on a regular basis.
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Cow Killers were originally so named because folklore had it that they actually did kill cows (they don't but as Mole said, they do hurt something fierce). If you pick up one of those large Mutillids (this is the largest of the velvet "ants") with a forceps, you will see a Lo-o-o-ng shiny curved black stinger come out - you do not want to mess with one of these! BTW only the females are wingless - the males fly, but do not sting. Why the females are wingless is one of those mysteries (they lay their eggs in Bumblebee burrows, and the larvae are parasitic on the bee grubs), but the males have to to be able to fly to find the females.

Oh - and your "lima Beans" look like Duckweed to me, and your dragonflies are probably Eastern Pondhawks (the male is blue and the females are green).
Thanks, once again for the info Pen. Yes, its Duckweed. It just struck me funny how much it looked like Limabeans in the photos I took. Eastern Pondhawk makes sense. I'm still a little curious about the plant with the yellow flower and red seeds inside, anybody have any idea what it is?
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Old Oct 6, 2010, 8:36 PM   #14
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It's a good thing you don't get these in my country, I just looked up Mutillid's and found the awesome Dasymutilla Gloriosa, if they had them here I would be hunting them every lunchtime, and probably be stung on a regular basis.
Ash, I know what you mean. If I'd had something to capture it in I would have brought it home for further exploration.
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Very cool pics, GW. I also have no idea what that fruit-flower is. It's fascinating looking though.
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