Velvet Ant aka Cow Killer (Dasymutilla occidentalis)

CENTRAL FLORIDA CRITTER OF THE DAY: Velvet Ant aka Cow Killer {Wasp} (Dasymutilla occidentalis)

Not an ant but a wasp. Painful sting, thus the common name. Females no wings and don’t fly but males do. This gal was cruising at top speed across the patio. Predator.

Learn: http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/in717

My take: http://www.beautifulwildlifegarden.com/the-cow-killer-and-other-misnomers.html

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