Ant, velvet: Common in most parts of the world including the Southern and Southwestern U.S., velvet ants are not true ants but rather parasitic wasps. Their sting can trigger allergic reactions. Avoidance, prompt treatment and, in selected cases, allergy injection therapy are useful.
Red velvet ant or "cow killer" Dasymutilla occidentalis (Linnaeus) (Hymenoptera: Mutillidae). Photo by Drees.
by Ric Bessin, Extension Entomologist University of Kentucky College of Agriculture . One unusual insect that is occasionally seen running around open areas in ...
This resource describes the velvet ant or sometimes called a cow killer ant. Learn more from University of Nebraska-Lincoln Extension in Lancaster County.
Velvet ants â€“ actually wasps â€“ get their name from the hairs that cover their body and because they resemble ants.
Giant ants, velvet ants, cow killers are actually wingless female wasps.