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Beautiful Wingless Wasp

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Beautiful Wingless Wasp

Postby Ranger » Thu Jul 19, 2007 10:22 pm

This is an ant like bug I found at work. It's often called a velvet ant, cow ant or cow-killer ant, but it isn't an ant at all. It's actually a wingless wasp. In fact, only the females of this species are wingless. This sting is said to be extremely painful and the species is able to give off a screeching sound from it's abdomen that sounds a lot like a high pitched cicada. The exoskeleton is very tough, which makes the bug very hard to crush. This is an adaptation that allows this bug to enter the nests of other wasps and bees without injury.
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Postby Mister Wiseguy » Thu Aug 23, 2007 3:13 pm

Ooh, a velvet ant!

Those things scare me. :!:
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Postby Ranger » Thu Aug 23, 2007 6:41 pm

Mister Wiseguy wrote:Ooh, a velvet ant!

Those things scare me. :!:


Yeah, but they don't fly, so they are easy to get away from. Truth be told, they actually aren't ants, but the female of a wasp species. The males are said to have wings and look quite different. I've never seen one myself, though, or if I have I wouldn't have recognized it as the same species.
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Postby Tracie » Wed Dec 03, 2008 2:43 pm

Wow, They are so cool! :D
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Postby BB » Thu Dec 04, 2008 8:26 am

It really looks like a cross between a wasp and a hairy spider.
I wonder if this is the intention of camouflage of the female?
The red looks pretty poisonous too.
Quite interesting!
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Sweet!

Postby ShyVulpine » Mon Feb 09, 2009 12:42 am

That's awesome! California doesn't really get very cool bugs like that. I can't even buy tiger beetles like I wanted to control my slug and snail problem in the garden. It's a borders issue.

However, I do like our swallowtail butterflies. ^^
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Postby suki'smom » Tue Feb 10, 2009 10:37 am

Oh wow how pretty! I love those colors.
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