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Question of the Week – Male Velvet Ant aka Cow killer

Posted by romeethredge on September 5, 2014

Last week I had a photo of a red and black flying insect that I wanted you to identify. It was a male velvet ant aka cow killer. I had never seen one before this although I often see the wingless females crawling on the ground. The Velvet Ant really isn’t an ant at all but it’s a wasp.

Did you know that some of them can squeak when disturbed? I’ve heard them do that. The females do have a bad sting.  Also, we have several different types of them, some are more rust colored and some more red. You can read my article about them at the following link. http://www.growingamerica.com/features/2018/05/cow-killer

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Here’s a female we found yesterday in a soybean field that was more of a rust colored type.

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This week I have a plant identification question. What is this plant with the small but attractive purple or maybe lavender flower? What plant family does it belong to?

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2 Responses to “Question of the Week – Male Velvet Ant aka Cow killer”

  1. […] Ernst Undesser Last week I had a photo of a red and black flying insect that I wanted you to identify. It […]

  2. Steve M. Brown said

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