Velvet Ants

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Scientific name: Dasymutilla spp.
(Hymenoptera: Mutillidae)

Facts: Velvet ants are really wasps. Females are wingless and shaped like ants but very hairy or fuzzy. They are usually red, orange, yellow or white with black. One of the larger species is called “cow killer” because of the severe sting but not because they kill cows. Males of this group are winged and fly slowly over the grass or weeds in search of a female to mate with. Females crawl rapidly on the ground and attack nests of other ground dwelling insects.

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