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'' , 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