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Velvet Ant, var. Cow Killer (Dasymutilla klugii)

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Order: Hymenoptera (hy-men-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Mutillidae
Genus: Dasymutilla
Species: klugii

Profile:

No positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Regional...

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Chandler Heights, Arizona
Cartersville, Georgia
Dallas, Georgia
De Ridder, Louisiana
Beaufort, North Carolina
Concord, North Carolina
Taylorsville, North Carolina
Crossville, Tennessee
De Leon, Texas
Dish, Texas
Gorman, Texas
Lucas, Texas
Roman Forest, Texas

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Neutral themikesmom On Nov 1, 2012, themikesmom from Concord, NC wrote:

Velvet ants are actually a kind of wasp species. The females are wingless as are some of the males which even scientists have a hard time differentiating appart. Most species of velvet ant wasp are parasites that not only eat ground bee larvae and larvae of other kinds of wasps, but also kill full grown beetles and insects. The largest kind of velvet ant wasp in the United States is the red variety thats color is red and black, their is also a beautiful blue variety, and a rare white variety with long fuzzy white hairs that look like fur twice as long as its body, and their is also a grey variety that is found in Texas.
This bug is referred to as a cow killer not because it attacks large animals such as cows or horses, but because its sting is so incredibly painful, as if to say one sting could cripple a large cow let alone a smaller in weight human.

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