2015 WP Weekly Photo Challenge – Vivid

WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge

velvet-cowkillerThe cow killer ant stands out with it’s vivid color and it’s deadly legend.
I remember when I was a wee child being warned about these ants. Every one that was seen around our tiny country farm was terminated immediately. I was an adult before I learned the truth about the ant.

The cowkiller ant or red velvet ant is actually a wingless female-wasp (species Dasymutilla occidentalis).  The male looks similar to the female only with black wings. The males don’t sting, however the female has a toxic sting. The sting is painful, but not strong enough to actually kill a cow as the old folklore implies.
You can read more about it: here


Wishing you all fun with the WP photo challenge!z00m


First Babe of Spring

calf3282014-1Yesterday I saw a big beautiful cow resting in my neighbors pasture. I got my my camera and zoomed in and saw that it had a cute little baby. A new baby, just born that morning. I’m so tickled to get these photos of it. I want to go and pet it and hug it, but that would be a bad idea I think. 😉

So the calf isn’t a tiny chick  or a baby bunny,
I believe cuteness comes in all sizes.
I think it’s an adorable first babe of Spring.cald3282014-2

Here’s wishing you many new smiles this Spring.