Male Cow-Killer Ant

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Male Red Velvet Ant

redvelvethMy photo for the ‘2015 WP Weekly Photo Challenge – Vivid’ is a female cow-killer or red velvet ant. In the post I mentioned that they’re actually wasps. The female is a wingless wasp and has a painful sting.
The male looks similar to the female only with black wings and the males doesn’t sting.
The male in the photo is the first one that I’ve had the opportunity to photograph. He’s a smidge smaller than the female and quite fast with his wings.

*You can read more about red velvet ants at Orkin’s website:
http://www.orkin.com/ants/cow-killer-ant/

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12 thoughts on “Male Cow-Killer Ant

  1. Wonderful picture – I don’t think that I’d be as brave as you when it comes to photographing this insect. I won’t want to mess with any bug called a cow-killer. 🙂

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