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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.

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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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