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BugFiles Pictures: Velvet Ant, Cow Killer (Dasymutilla occidentalis)

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linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

September 25, 2006
12:47 AM

Post #2755983

Velvet Ant, Cow Killer (Dasymutilla occidentalis)

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MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 4, 2009
5:28 AM

Post #7132661

Linth, why is it called a Cow Killer?
linthicum
Linthicum Heights, MD
(Zone 7a)

October 4, 2009
10:51 PM

Post #7134778

Margaret, it really is just a play on words ... someone, somewhere said that the sting was so painful that it could kill a cow and the name has stuck. It is very painful !

I never saw them before until recently my son had a house built and the soil (mostly sand) was disturbed. Last year, at an outdoor party a small child was stung and she cried and cried. But to my knowledge they have never killed anyone or any animal. It is the female that stings.
MargaretK
PERTH
Australia

October 4, 2009
10:54 PM

Post #7134789

Thanks Linth. It is very pretty.

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