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Red Velvet Ant A velvet ant (this one is a wingless female) on the end of the railing of a ramp past the historic pumphouse at Lake Apopka restoration area.  I was happy to finally see one in a place that was good for a photo!  Most of the time they hang out in the grass. Dasymutilla occidentalis,Geotagged,United States,lake apopka,velvet ant Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Red Velvet Ant

A velvet ant (this one is a wingless female) on the end of the railing of a ramp past the historic pumphouse at Lake Apopka restoration area. I was happy to finally see one in a place that was good for a photo! Most of the time they hang out in the grass.

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  1. This is so cool. I was about to say this is the brightest ant I've ever seen, but it really is a wasp, right? Posted 5 years ago
  2. Yeah, it's a kind of wasp. But it's a pretty bright wasp! They're also sometimes called cow-killers because supposedly the pain of their sting could kill a cow, but I understand their venom isn't much different from other wasps. (Of course, wasps stings can really hurt . . . ) Posted 5 years ago
  3. That is really stunning, I love it! Posted 5 years ago
  4. Colorful. :) Posted 5 years ago

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''Dasymutilla occidentalis'' , is a species of parasitoid wasp native to the eastern United States. It is commonly mistaken for a member of the true ant family, as the female is wingless. The species ranges from Connecticut to Missouri in the north and Florida to Texas in the south. Other common names include cow ant and cow killer.

The eastern velvet ant is the largest of the velvet ant species in the United States, attaining an approximate length of 0.75 in . Adults display aposematic.. more

Species identified by Meryl Green
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Uploaded Jan 15, 2015. Captured Sep 13, 2014 12:40 in Lake Apopka Loop Trail, Apopka, FL 32712, USA.
  • Canon EOS REBEL T3
  • f/8.0
  • 1/1000s
  • ISO200
  • 250mm